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January the 24th 

is the date. 

The Publication Day Offering 

is the occasion. 

To Help Liquidate Debt on Publishing House 

is the object. 

Every Congregation and Church Member 

are the participants. 

At Least Fifty Cents Per Member 

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Support that institution on which every other 
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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JANUARY 6, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

OEBcial Organ o{ the Brethren Church 

Published uofkly by tlic Brothruii Publishing Company, Ashlaml, 
Ohio, .-it $2.UU per yoar in advance. 



George S. Baer, 
R. R. Teeter, 



Editor 
Business Manager 



Entered at the Post Office at Ashland, Ohio, as second class 
matter. Ac-eeptanee for mailing at special rate of postage provided 
for in .section llOii, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized September 
I), liiis. 



IN THIS NUMBER 



Beginning Volume Forty-Eight — Editor, 

Our New Special Features — Editor, 

Editorial Review, 

The Teacher Greater than the Temple — E. E. .Jacobs, 

Palestine at a Glance— H. H. Tay, 

Brethrenisni and Modern Religious Demands — W. E. Ronk, 

Come and Help Us — A. F. Ragatz, 

Buried Alive — A. E. Thomas, 

Our Worship Program — Editor, 

The Generous Soul — O. E. Sibert, 

■Sunday School Lesson Notes — Editor, 

Junior Notes — Virginia Haun, 

Mission News, 

News from the Field, 

Business Manager 's Corner, 

Tract ( 'orner — K. F. Porte 



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EDITORIAL 



Beginning Volume Forty Eight 

Because of the particular occasion we, your official church paper, 
have persuaded the editor to let us have a chat with our readers. 
(But we had to promise him to use the "editorial we," as he is 
accustomed to do.) The occasion is our completion of forty-seven 
years of history and the entering upon our forty-eighth year of ser- 
Mce. Forty-seven years seem a long time, almost a half century. 
We do not feel old, however, and of course we are not, if we do 
not think we are. It is said of people that they are no older than 
they think they are, and we claim the same applies to church papers, 
too. For you must remember that church papers really do think, and 
they have life and growth. If those fifty years were now up, instead 
of only forty-seven, we would not think ourselves old, for fifty years 
is not considered a long time now-a-days. Neither men nor maga- 
zines (especially the church paper type) are old at that age. We 
have many church paper friends who have been in service verj- 
much longer than that, some of them more than a hundred years. 
And they seem more vigorous and active, more alive and powerful 
than when they entered upon their careers. The fact is, church 
papers do not become old and decrepit unless the denomination they 
serve becomes feeble and vanishing. They grow in strength, in in- 
Huence and in breadth of vision with the years, as the church grows 
in numbers and power. 

As our church has grown, we have grown with it. As it has 
added new homes, we have entered those homes with our messages of 
instruction, inspiration and Kingdom progress. As new congregations 
have been established, we have given our assistance by .securing the 
cooperation of widely scattered churches, and by working for the 
encouragement and unity of the little mission nucleus. When for- 
eign mission work was looked upon with diffidence and doubt, we 
gave our voice of conviction and assurance. When the importance of 
education was little understood, w-e carried the need and urgency of 
it to every home. Gradually in all these and in many other ways, 
our ])eoplc grew in vision, in sympathy, in power and activity, and 
as thev grew, we also grew in effectiveness of voice and in breadth of 
influence. In the last decade especially has our growth been rapid 
and substantial, following closely the growth of the church. Neither 
the church nor the church paper are weak and vanishing institutions, 
tiut are vigorous and progressive, and so we have conic to this per- 
iod in our history with satisfaction and hope. We know our influ- 



ence is much restricted in comparison with many other church 
papers, because our church is much smaller than many others. But 
we are not discouraged by either of these facts, for we started from 
a much smaller beginning. We started as the mustard seed of Holy 
Writ, and our growth has been as encouraging as the teaching of 
that sacred parable would lead one to expect. So we are not dis- 
couraged, but face the new year with hope and confidence. We be- 
lieve in the loyalty of our many friends, and we are determined to 
make our weekly visits so much worth while that we shall surely 
receive their continued cooperation. 

During our history we have been in charge of some noble and 
gifted men as editors. With all of them we got along quite well, 
but if any one man deserves mention above all others, it is Dr. A. 
D. Gnagey, whose worthy talents directed our course for many years. 
We would not dare mention any more, else we should feel obliged 
to name them all, and that we could not do without referring to our 
files. As for the present editor, — well, we get along quite peaceably, 
at least, we are on good terms with him now. He is inclined to be 
— rather, well, somewhat — particular, — but we won't say much about 
that here, for it might not get past his censorship. We will say, 
however, that we like his idea of making the official organ represen- 
tative of the thought of the brotherhood by enlisting as writers the 
leadership, both lay and ministerial, from every section. He also 
aims to make our pages ring true to the historic ideals and teach- 
ings of our church, and also loyal to every denominational interest 
and movement. S'uch a policy is quite satisfactorj' to us as we have 
always been accustomed to being a servant to the church in all the 
various ways in which a publication might be called upon to serve. 
And we w-ant to continue to serve as long as the church lives and 
has a mission to perform, and we hope that will be to the end of 
time. 

A Fiftieth Anniversary 

We started out by saying that we lacked only three years of 
completing a half century mark, and we think it would be fitting 
and it might possibly open the way for larger service, to have a cel- 
ebration of the occasion. We made the suggestion to the editor, and 
he was taken with the idea and has promised to present the matter 
to the Publication Board when that august body meets during Gen- 
eral Conference next August. If the idea meets with their approval, 
and we think it will, because they are all wise and appreciative 
men, we will invite every one of our readers to join us in the cele 
bration. We hope to have a joyful time dealing with reminiscences 
and prophecies. And by the way, when we were talking this matter 
over with the editor, he suggested that if you would surprise our 
business manager with an unusually large offering at the coming 
PUBLICATION DAY, the last Sunday in this month, it might be 
that he would be encouraged to press for a complete liquidation of 
the debt on our publishing house by the time we celebrate our fiftieth 
anniversary. IThat would be a great feature of the celebration, if 
it could be done. It would greatly relieve the financial strain on 
the business manager and enable him to purchase still more equip- 
ment which he would like very much to have, and it would rejoice 
the heart of our editor because he could then make a better paper, 
and also help to build up some much needed permanent literature. And 
we dare say our iSunday school editor would find such added finan- 
cial strength greatly to his advantage. Anyway, The Evangelist 
thinks that the anniversary idea is a good one and is an.xious to have 
such a celebration with its many friends. What do you think? And 
in order to give you a chance to think, we will close right here and 
get bu.sv on our work for volume forty-eight. 



Our New Special Features 

We promised our readers some special features that are calcu- 
lated greatly to increase the interest in our pages, and with this first 
number of this new volume we' are beginning two of them. First is 
the "leading article" which is regularly to begin on page four and 
to be accompanied with the writer's picture. And each week we 
hope to have a special message from a different person so far as 
possible for that space, a message to which he has given much 
thought and which he considers important for the brotherhood to 
have. President Jacobs supplies the first of the series, which is 
well worthy the careful reading of every subscriber. Also, this week 
we begin a scries of ten articles on the Holy Land by Brother 



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Herbert H. Tay, who spent several mouths in that land and has 
kindly consented to share his observations and study with our read- 
ers. Don't let a single installment slip by unread. Other new 
features are soon to begin. And we believe not only the special 
features will be worthy of your appreciation, but the regular, tried, 
and valued departments — the sermons, devotionals and other articles 
of general interest, and clear on through to the end of the paper. 
All in all we believe this will be the most interesting and projitable 
year of our conduct of the Evangelist. It will surely be so if you 
are prepared to appreciate the splendid articles that shall come from 
the representative men and women of the brotherhood as much as 
we shall enjoy sending them ts you. If you like any particular 
feature of the paper, or if you should have any criticism to offer. 
W'j shall be glad to hear from you, for it will help us in our planning 
or the greatest efficiency and service of our beloved Evangelist. 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 

Pastors needing material for missionary sennous may secure 
same by writing to the Foreign Board's headquarters at Long Beach. 
See notice and address under "Announcements." 

Brother Egydio Romanenghi, student in Ashland College, gives 
us another installment of interesting facts concerning the native 
workers connected with our South American mission. 

A letter comes from Reliance, Virginia, where a few Brethren 
are endeavoring to hold the fort in spite of a steadily decreasing 
number. They deserve credit for their courage. Brother S. P. Fogle 
has been ministering to these people for a goodly number of years. 

The church has suffered the loss of a valued member of the 
Brethren Home Board in the person of Brother Jesse A. Garver, of 
Dayton, Ohio, who passed away December 29th, 1925, and in behalf 
of whom the officers of the Board offer resolutions of sympathy. 

We learn from the correspondent of the Bethel church near 
Berne, Indiana, that a GosiJel Team from Ashland College conducted 
a successful evangelistic campaign there during the Thanksgiving 
vacation, which resulted in eight confessions, and the welding of 
the friendship of the Berne church more closely to the college. 

In a communication from Brother E. M. Eiddle, pastor at Bryan, 
Ohio, we learn that they had a most excellent Christmas service and 
all services largely attended. He also states "there seems to be a 
line spirit in our church and a willingness to work." That is the 
condition that will ensure success. 

Brother Porte's "Tract Corner," always interesting, contains 
one of the most practical suggestions he has made. Eead it and see 
for yourself. How easy it would be to carry your copy of THE 
EVANGELDST to some one who has none, after you have read it, 
or some other printed message of the Truth! 

Dr. Teeter in his Business Manager's Corner calls attention to 
the approaching Publication Day, the fourth Sunday in January, 
when an offering should be taken in every church to help pay the 
debt for the purchase of the Publishing House. Last year you did 
splendidly — some of you — and possibly this year you can do still- 
better. Let every church lift its share and the load will be light. 

Brother Charles W. Mayes, pastor at Lanark, Illinois, reports 
twenty additions to the church as a result of the evangelistic cam- 
paign recently conducted by Dr. Charles A. Bame of Ashland. Co- 
operation on the part of the local schools was said to have been 
excellent. Brother Mayes is now engaged in a similar campaign at 
Springfield Center, Ohio, where Brother Leslie Lindower is the ag- 
gressive young pastor. 

Brotlier Frank G. Coleman reports his change in pajstorates from 
Sunnyside, Washington, to Flora, Indiana. His four years of labor 
with the Sunnyside congregation proved both fruitful and pleasant 
and he left with a fine spirit existing between pastor and people. The 
work at Flora is responding to his leadership in a splendid way and 
the various departments are gaining strength, particularly the Sun- 
day school. A White Gift offering of one hundred dollars is re- 
ported. Brother Coleman is conducting Sunday afternoon services at 
the Brethren Home, located at Flora. 



Brother I. D. Bowman reports liis evangelistic campaign at 
Gatewood, West Virginia, where twenty-seven confessions were re- 
ceived and twenty-two received into the church. It was a splendid 
success gained in spite of hindering circumstances. A pastor was 
secured for this church in the person of Brother J. S. Bowman, a 
brother to the evangelist. Brother I. D. Bowman states that he is 
open to further calls for evangelistic and Bible conference work. 

Mrs. Hester A. Eeisinger calls our attention to, and wishes cor- 
rection made of, three contusing typographical errors, which occurred 
in her article of December 23rd issue. Under division II, section 2, 
in fourth line, it should read, "Back to your divinely appointed 
work" instead of "wish.". In section 3 below, the sixth line, it 
should say, "Take them with you to the house of God," instead of 
"To tie there with you, etc." And under 6, further down, first Une, 
it should be, "One would gather from the hortatory portion of most 
sermons, ' ' instead of ' ' the .short story portion of mock sermons. ' ' 
We are very sorry for the errors and hope our readers will take 
time to make corrections in their papers and get the correct reading 
of this splendid article. 

Recently we published the pastor 's report of the dedicatory 
and evangelistic services at Fremont, Ohio, and this week wo havo 
an article by the officiating minister and evangelist. Brother Starn 
caUs it a victory, and such it truly was, both from the standpoint 
of the dedication and the revival, and he proved himself vevy capable 
of both tasks, as we had occasion to observe on a recent visit to 
Fremont. We inadvertently omitted comment on Brother Henderson's 
report last week, and we wish now to commend him and his good 
people for the victory which they have achieved. The spirit of unity 
and of willingness to give and work was everywhere manifest dur- 
ing these months of building, and the pastor was a worthy leader in 
their manual labor as well as spiritual. They have a very well 
equipped and satisfactory little plant, a wonderful improvement over 
the old and increasing their chances of success many fold. May God 
keep them united and active, and lead them into larger things. 

We have reports in this issue from both the pastor and evan- 
gelist, concerning the campaign recently held at Des Moines, Iowa, 
where forty-four were added to the church. The personnel of the 
converts is also significant, as noted by the reports. Brother B. IT. 
Burnworth, the evangelist, proved himself a man used of God, and 
Brother W. E. Kemp, the energetic pastor, proved a worthy co- 
laborer. This mission point is most promising, and under the con- 
tinued blessing of God and the faithful shepherding of the pastor, it 
is destined in due time to become a self-supporting church. But let 
not the brotherhood, as Brother Burnworth suggests, expect this. child 
of the church to be thrown entirely upon its own resources too soon. 
Our mission points generally should be urged to become self-support- 
ing churches at the very earliest possible moment consistent with 
their best good, but young churches should not be made to bear too 
heavy burdens suddenly. It is wiser that they should become accus- 
tomed to the strain gradually. The brotherhood should understand 
this, and should give with a generosity that will make possible the 
wise and proper sui^port of our established mission points, the while 
new points are being opened up. 

When the "Office Secretary" of the Foreign Board asks, "Have 
we done our utmost to rescue these perishing for whom Christ died?" 
she asks a question that probably gets under the conscience of most 
of us. For how many — if indeed there are any — have really done 
their utmost to advance the cause of Christ in the foreign lands or 
the home? Indeed, how many there are who do next to nothing! 
And how many who give only of the "left-overs" after every per- 
sonal desire has been supplied! If something should overtake us that 
would cause us all to do all we can for the advancement of God's 
kingdom, what we are now doing for missions at home and abroad, 
for education, for the printing of religious literature, for the care 
of the poor and the infirm, and for the discharge of every obliga- 
tion of the church, would look like child's play in comparison. The 
bare fact is, we have not begun to touch the limit of what we are 
able to do, and we shall never come any w-ays near doing this until 
after we have first brought to the Lord that which we owe him by 
the right of his ownership and our stewardship. It will not only 
help missions, but every other interest of the church, if pastors and 
other religious teachers shall give more attention to the teaching of 
the requirements of faithful stewardship. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JANUARY 6, 1926 



GENE RAL AR TICLES 

The Teacher is Greater than the Temple 

By President Edwin E. Jacobs, Ph.D. 

The teacher is an architect, not a bungler. He is a builder, not a butcher. 



The title of this article is suggested by the 
incident of Jesus when he said, "Behold, a 
greater than the temple is here." He was 
.standing before a structure which symbolized 
to the Jew his whole national life, — govern- 
ment, religion, and education. There it stood, 
liistoric, magnificent. But there also stood 
the Teacher, clothed in frail flesh. He gave 
utterance to words, which had, of course, no 
ontological but only a phenomenal existence. 
But the temple, that was material, gold, stone, 
and cedar. Yet the temple is gone while the 
words of the Teacher have been ringing down 
the centuries ever since. 

The personality of the teacher is all impor- 
tant. It is so in the public schools, the Sun- 
day schools, and the colleges. It is even more 
true m the pulpit. I can illustrate this by 
suggesting some of the defects in what have 
been so often called, "agencies other than the 
schools, which educate." These agencies all play an impor- 
tant role but they lack the touch of the living teacher. I 
can show this best by mentioning two such agencies, viz., 
the press and the theater. 

Two errors may result. First, there may go undetected, 
error of fact. It is commonly said that ' ' practice makes per- 
fect", but it comes far from that. It only makes automatic, 
and error coimed over and over may easily became a part 
of one's mental equipment. The able and earnest teacher 
who is present with the learner may correct that, at least, 
that is a part of his business. 

But, in the second place, there is the danger of the 
learner forming a wholly wrong philosophy of life. The 
same truth may mean several things to different people. 
There is an outstanding example of that in the case of a cer- 
tain church dignitary who recently was brought to trial for 
heresy. He went over to Marxism, outdoing Karl Marx him- 
self. This minister frankly admitted that he had never 
road the writings of Marx until he was well past fifty years 
of age and was wholly captivated by them. It is a safe ven- 
ture that if this man had come into possession of this matter 
through the personality of an able and consecrated teacher, 
he would not have gone over to a philosophy, which now is 
regarded by thinking men, as inadequate to deal with the 
facts of which it treats. 

This latter point, namely, the forming of right lines of 
thinking, is by far the most important function of the teach- 
er and preacher. Take for example the indiscriminate press, 
which fioods our desk with certain kinds of pamphlets. 
Every cause is represented, — labor, capital, socialism, Rus- 
sellism, evolution, anti-evolution, I'ailroad disputes, athletics, 
peace propaganda, preparedness, war, defenses of the Bible, 
attacks on the Bible, Seventh day Adventists' doctrines, 
breakfast foods, criticism of the government which borders 
dangerously near on treason, etc. 

I suppose all this is within the limits of civil liberty, but 
certainly one must take care how one reads. Such matter 
falling into the hands of the iniinitiated and inifortified, may 
prove to be exceedingly dangerous. Feeding upon svich ma- 
terial, the conunon man often comes to the most astonishing 
conclusions and develops what I once heard the late Pro- 
fessor James, call "an individualistic philisophy, " — queer, 
biased, and ofttimes wrong. 

If the indiscriminate press, unguided by a teacher, 
proves untrustworthy as an educative agency, we can no 
more trust the theater or the moving picture under like con- 




Dr. E. E. Jacobs 



ditions. We hear a great deal these days 
about the "educational value" of the moving 
picture, but this is greatly overdone. The 
facts are, that the movmg picture is almost 
purely for entertainment and not for instruc- 
tion at all. Some plays have an educational 
\alue and some have a legitimate entertain- 
ment value, but the real instructional element, 
is an ava raris. 

Take a glance over the list of both the pro- 
ducers and the actors and see about how much 
attention they are paying to "education." 
The plays themselves are all too often erotic, 
exaggerated, impossible and not seldom 
coarse. The sweating, swashbuckling hero is 
a hero because he can take a running jump 
and land on the back of a small horse. The 
heroine all too frequently is a heroine because 
of an unsavory matrimonial past. The play 
meanwhile is exploited in the most outrageous 
English as teaching a "great moral lesson", while the facts 
are that it teaches nothing of the kind, nor is that what it 
was produced for. 

Education must be something finer than this. One can 
not be calUed educated simply because he has seen certain 
pictures, because he has traveled a certain number of miles 
or because he has read certain books. It has been estimated' 
that no man can possibly hold the contents of more than 
400 books in his mind, read as he will. It is not the contents 
of the books nor the travel, nor the experience alone, but 
rather deeper and subtler elements which educate. And to 
these elements the teacher makes the most dominant contrib- 
ution. 

It is said that Plato held his head to one side. His pupils 
held their heads to one side for they wanted to be like their 
teacher. I dare say that in college, at least, the teacher has 
a larger part in forming attitudes of mind than all the books 
the student may read in his four years' course. 

If this is at all true, what kind of a man ought a teach- 
er to be, especially in a Christian denominational college? 
The pay is poor but the opportunity for service is great. In 
such a school, the integrity of the Bible ought to be above 
rei>roach and the ideals of Christianity ought to be secure. 
Such a college ought to stand as a challenge and ofttimes as 
a rebuke to certain colleges in which these things are over- 
looked. The one clear aim, that of developing Christian 
character as it results when founded upon a scrupulous re- 
gard for the authority of the Bible, must never be lost sight 
of but should grow clearer with the years. I am confident 
that this result may come through and only through the 
personality of the teacher. And what has been said about 
the college teacher can as well be said' with certain modifi- 
cations, about the Sunday school teacher. 

Jesus, apart from his divine authority, must have im- 
pressed his own personality upon his followers. Men wor- 
shipped him, children clung to him, and even Pilate was held 
by the magnetism and charm of his presence. He cleansed 
the temple by his presence, evil spirits fled before him, and 
the very thief upon the cross was converted to him. 

You say this temple is wonderful? That it represents 
the dwelling place of God on earth, where men may meet 
him and know him? Behold a greater than the temple is 
here. — Jesus the Christ, the Chosen of God. And so it is to- 
day. Jesiis is greater than the church which represents him, 
more righteous and perfect than we can imagine him, and 



JANUARY 6, 1926 



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more zealous for the complete salvation of men than we are 
ourselves. 

Thou Galilean Teacher, wilt thou our teacher be, 
Until we learn thy lessons all. Teacher of Galilee. 
Ashland, Ohio. 

Jesus was the Great Teacher. Christianity is teaching 
religion. We must keep it so. Teaching is the basis upon 



which preaching must be done. New ideas must be properly 
placed if the life is to be of most value. Preaching with- 
out teaching leads to degeneracy of religion. No group needs 
the teaching ministry more than we do. It may not be the 
most spectacular ministry or the most popular, but it will 
do the Lord's cause the most good in the long run. — ^Chris- 
tian Recorder. 



Walks and Talks in Holy Places 

By Herbert H. Tay 

(Article No. 1) 

Palestine at a Glance 



Tourists to Palestine are invariably impressed with the 
diminutive size of the land. Sitting in his room in this 
country, and reading the accounts in the Scriptures of the 
events which happened in Bible lands, one forms the im- 
pression that Palestine must be a large country. So many 
are the incidents, so numerous are the place names, that it 
must require a large country to contain them all. Jerusalem, 
Bethlehem, Hebron, Shechem, Nazareth, Capernaum — these 
names bring back a host of memories. Surely no land on 
earth has played such a remarkable part in the history of 
the world, as this. Yet the land of Palestine is no larger 
than many of the counties in some of our western states. 
From Dan to Beersheba, and from Jordan to the sea, the 
area of Palestine is about equal to that of the little state of 
Massachusetts. It is literally a country that can be seen at 
a glance. 

We had the opportunity to see Palestine at a glance, 
while in Shechem, where we had gone to attend the Samar- 
itan Passover. The city of Shechem, or Nablus, as it is now 
called by the Arabs, lies in a narrow valley between the 
twin mountains of Ebal and Gerazim. Gerazim is the more 
famous, but Ebal is higher, and affords an excellent view of 
the entire land of Palestine. We shall climb to the top of 
this mountain, which is slightly over three thousand feet 
above the sea, and see Palestine "at a glance." 

The ascent from Nablus, the Biblical Shechem, is steep 
and rocky, and on a hot day is anything- but comfortable. 
Yet the prospect from this lofty eminence is well worth the 
effort spent in getting there. From this spot, one can see 
the entire land of Palestine. 

Looking off to the south over the mass of Gerazim ris- 
ing in the immediate foreground, we see the rugged, treeless 
crests of the Judean hills. Indeed, the entire intervening 
counti-y, as far as Jerusalem, presents the appearance of the 
tossing waves of a troubled sea. In the foreground the crests 
of the waves are light gray in color, caused by the bleaching 
rocks upon the barren hillsides. But distance lends enchant- 
ment, and the somber landscape fades out into a beautiful 
delicate blue, and is finally obscured entirely by the purple 
haze of the distance. Though the Holy City itself is not vis- 
ible from this point, yet one can faintly discern far to the 
south, a cluster of buildings upon a barren hilltop. That is 
En Nebi Samwil, ancient Mizpah, and it is but five miles 
from Jerusalem. The hills are bare and rocky, and only 
here and there do we see a tree, the last survivor of the rav- 
ages of time, the elements, and the destructive hand of man. 

Turning slightly to the west, the hills gradually fade out 
into the level plain. It appears to be level from the emi- 
nence upon which we are standing, but in reality it is gentlj^ 
undulating. Now the bare gray of the hills, gives way to 
the delightful green of the fields of growing grain. This 
quiet pastoral scene stretches away to the south, as far as 
the eye can reach. From Gaza, far to the south, i^ continues 
northward to a point slightly north and west of us, where 
the Plain of Sharon is abruptly intercepted by the long 
ridge of Carmel. Though the fields are rich with ripening 
grain, yet they too are almost devoid of trees, save where 
some Jewish colony of picturesque tile-roofed houses is sur- 
rounded by its grove of fast growing eucalyptus, 



Beyond the plain lies the sea. Its blue waters are 
sparkling beneath the warm sun. Upon the seacoast to the 
southwest lies Jaffa, the principal freight port of Palestine. 
From Jaffa northward to Carmel, along the seashore 
stretches a strip of glistening white sand from a mile to 
three miles wide. Across this strip of sand, and almost di- 
rectly west of us, lie the ruins of Caesarea, the ancient cap- 
ital of Palestine in the times of the Romans. A little farther 
to the north are the ruins of Athlit, perhaps the most exten- 
sive ruins of Crusader times to be found in the land. Then 
still farther north, the headland of Carmel juts abruptly out 
into the sea, and our view of the coast further to the north 
is obscured from this point. 

The long ridge of Carmel is in striking contrast to the 
surrounding country. While the country round about is 
almost entirely devoid of trees, Carmel is a tangled mass of 
shrubs and undei'brush. The oak, or terebinth, and the 
carob predominate, though trees of many varieties grow 
there in profusion. In the winter and spring, and long 
after the flowers of other parts of Palestine have disap- 
peared in the summer, the flowers are beautifying this moun- 
tain with their presence, and filling the air with their fra- 
grance. Carmel is well named, "The Garden." 

At the east end of the mountain, a narrow pass connects 
the Plain of Sharon with the Plain of Esdraelon. It is called 
the pass of Megiddo. It is through this jjass that the traffic 
of the centuries and even of the millenniums has streamed 
back and forth from the nations of the north and east, to 
the great nation of Egypt on the south. 

The Plain of Esdraelon stretches from the Mediterran- 
ean eastward, and with the Vale of Jezreel, continues to the 
Jordan. It breaks the backbone of hills known as the Cen- 
tral Range, which traverses the entire length of Palestine 
except for this one place. The plain itself is quite fertile, 
and it too is covered with fields of green grain, gently wav- 
ing in the breeze. 

Beyond the plain, and almost directly north of us, rise 
the hills of Galilee. Upon the first ridge of these hills, but 
partially obscured from view by the fact that it lies in a 
small basin in the hills, we can distingi;ish the village of 
Nazareth. The villages of Galilee beyond are obscured by 
the rugged hills. The Sea of Galilee itself is out of sight. 
But towering majestically above all surrounding hills, and 
crowned with eternal snows, stands Mt. Hermon, that silent 
guardian of the north. 

Stretching away to the south and east of Hermon, lies 
the great i^lain of the Hauran, the granery of Syria, and also 
of a great part of Palestine. South of the Hauran, the 
mountains of Gilead, Ammon, and Moab rise abruptly from 
the Jordan valley, standing like a grim, impenetrable wall 
in the purple haze. Between us and them lies the deep 
trench of the Jordan. We cannot see the floor of the valley, 
but so abruptly does it drop away, that we feel as if we 
were standing upon the verge of a mighty cleft that sank 
into the very bowels of the earth. The impression Avhich 
this mighty cleft makes upon one, cannot adequately be de- 
scribed. Far to the southeast, though still obscured in the 
bottom of itf ?ub-terranean chamber, lies the Dead Sea. 
When viewed from the Mount of Olives on the east of Jeru- 



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salem it seems that the Almighty Artist could not have 
painted it a more beautiful blue, if he had dipped his brush 
in the azure skies of the cloudless heavens above, yet it lies 
there below us, bearing mute testimony to the certain fate 
of one who always receives, but never gives — dead ! 

We have seen the Holy Land. And again the question 
arises, "How can such a small land, have exerted such a 
great influence over the affairs of men throughout all gen- 
orations, and in every clime?" I shall answer by asking 
you to look down below us, to where the narrow valley in 
which the city of Shechem is situated, opens out into a small 
plain. There, almost at our feet, lies the "parcel of ground 
that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. Now Jacobs' well is 



there." Upon that well there sat one day, One who said, 
"He that drinketh of this water shall thirst again, but he 
that drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never 
thirst, but it shall be in him a well of water springing up 
into everlasting life." The experiences of men throughout 
nineteen centuries are testimony to the truth of those words. 
These experiences have proven to men that he who spoke 
those words was the Son of God. Palestine is the Holy Land, 
because it was pressed by the footprints of the Son of God. 
That is reason sufficient for the influence of this small land 
over the lives of men for centuries gone by. 
La Verne, California. 



Brethrenism and Modern Religious Demands 

By Willis E. Ronk 

(Address delivered at Ohio Conference, Smithville, and voted by that assembly to be published in THE 

EVANGELIST. Published in parts. Part I.) 



In the very beginning, it must be evident to all, that 
the speaker has undertaken no small task in attempting to 
speak on this subject. If the subject were of his owir choos- 
ing, he would consider the attempt presumptious, to say the 
least. The magnitude of the task may be seen, when we re- 
member that the siibject presents a three-fold task. First, 
Brethrenism is to be defined or at least a definition must be 
given ; in the second place. Modern Religious Demands must 
not only be known, but also stated ; and finally, a relation 
must be shown between these. The speaker does not expect 
his hearers to agree with all that he shall say; nor if they 
do agree, to the wisdom of saying what he shall say; nor 
does he expect to entirely exhaust the subject. If our minds 
shall be stirred into action, the task will be well done. The 
speaker has found no beaten path before him ; but has been 
trying to think his own way through on this subject. He has 
arrived at some very definite conclusions. 

Brethrenism 

As I begin I am well aware that the very term "Breth- 
renism", is very distasteful to a great many of our people. 
In fact. I myself have always disliked the term and have 
very carefully avoided its use. In my mind "ism" has al- 
ways been associated with some "sect" having a false doc- 
trine or practice. The word has been almost synonymous 
with evil and Ave have thought of it as a thing to be ab- 
horred. When however, we leave all preconceived ideas and 
turn to the dictionary, we will find that ism is a good Eng- 
lish word. And not only so, but in everyday usage the word 
is used ia a good sense. There is no resaon why we should 
permit any false sect to have full claim to it. An ism is a 
doctrine or system of — , therefore, I feel justified in defin- 
ing Brethrenism as the doctrine or system of The Brethren. 
I have been unable to find any other word or term that Arill 
convey this idea. We usually speak of the Brethren Plea, 
but the Plea is only a part of what is comprehended in 
Brrthrcnism. Therefore we will use the word with this 
definition in mind. 

If I might stop with the above definition of Brethren- 
ism, my task would indeed be an easy one. But the compar- 
ison implied in the subject demands that wo go farther into 
the nialter. For after all, what is that system or doctrine of 
Bi'othren? Where shall I find an answer? One might well 
hesitate before going farther. Our' traditional policy SEEMS 
to have been "not to define" oiir position. To all questions, 
we have one answer, "The Bible, The Whole Bible, and 
nothing but the Bible." And many times we have placed' 
the emphasis on "Nothing But the Bible." I am not so 
sure, but maybe one of the chief reasons for our slow 
growth, is our refusal to be definite. Whether we will or 
not, we must define our position. We are defining it every 
day. We have been doing so from the very beginning. Of 
late years we have been doing most of our defining individ- 
ually and privately; nevertheless we have been defining oiir 
positions. I am presuming to give a public definition. For 
the sake of convenience, I will consider Brethrenism as made 



up of two parts only, doctrine, and Avith the doctrine I con- 
sider the ordinances which have their roots in doctrine ; and 
church government. 

Let us notice fii'st our government. We are congrega- 
tional in government, and we have carried the idea, in some 
instances, to extremes never originally intended. There has 
been a growing disposition to "teach what I please" rg.- 
gardless of what others do or say. Speaking of the Conven- 
tion of 1887 at Ashland, Holsinger says in his History (page 
545), "At the convention it was defined that the Apostolic 
idea of congregational government, relates alone to incident- 
al affaii's of the congregation, and not to doctrinal practices, 
which must be universal." From this statement (and there 
are others which I might quote) it will be clear that a limit 
was intended to congregational authority. It was only nat- 
ural that a people, who had' just witnessed such an abuse of 
central authority, would swing to the other extreme ; and 
yet they in their day did not go as far as we in our day have 
gone. May I repeat what I have said elsewhere. "In my 
humble opinion, we have SA^aing too far and it is time to 
turn in the other direction. We are too loosely organized 
and after a while we will begin to realize it." Of course, 
we Brethren, and especially we preachers, are exceedingly 
jealous of our liberties. And yet the greatest amount of 
restlessness and dissatisfaction among our people is due not 
to doctrinal controversies ; but to a grooving conviction that 
through our policies or lack of policies, we are predestined 
to either remain at our present size or to disappear as a 
Brotherhood. It is useless to shut our eyes to facts. Suffi- 
cient evidence, if any Avere needed, is the assigning of cer- 
tain subjects for Conference discussion as, "Are We a Dis- 
appearing Brotherhood"? "Is the Brethren Church Grow- 
ing as She Ought"? or the one under discus,sion now, 
"Brethrenism and Modern Religious Demands." Fui'ther 
evidence might be found in the fact that Ave are not building 
noAv churches as fast as the old ones die. Death in many 
cases is due to utter discouragement. That some of our min- 
isters are utterly discouraged is easily seen in the drooping 
shoulders, turned doAvn mouth and hopeless eyes. — to say 
nothing of a continual exodus from the church. The morale 
is by far too Ioaa'. I have already hinted that this discour- 
agement is found not only among ministers but laymen as 
Avell. It frequently happens that Brethren people live in a 
town Avhere there is a Brethren church and yet attend the ser- 
vices of other churches, teach in Sunday schools and Avhol- 
ly neglect their oAvn. What is the reason? Either they are 
a.shamed of their oAvn church, or completely pessimistic as 
to the outcome. One may also at times find' some of the best 
people Av^ have, or haA'e had, completely inactive so far as 
churches are concei'ned, because they haA-e giA^en up hope, 
and yet are too much Brethren to change churches, or to 
hurt their oavu by attendance elsewhere. 

The cause of this discouragement many times may be 
traced directly to our lack of Church Government. This lack 
may be seen in the fact that it is many times next to impos- 



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sible to administer church discipline. In many eases the 
minister who undertakes this in his own congregation is 
simply cutting off his own head, so far as progress in the 
Brethren Church is concerned. Although, he may succeed 
locally, it is possible for one or two persons who are dis- 
gruntled, to spi'ead the most unfavorable reports over the 
brotherhood — to the discredit of the minister. And to our 
shame we roll the scandal under our tongues as a sweet mor- 
sel. " 'So and so' is having trouble." 

The weakness of our government is also seen in the plac- 
ing of pastors. Of course, we have government by congre- 
gations ; and each local unit has a right to choose their own 
pastor. The truth of the matter is that most of our 
Churches, especially the medium sizes and smaller ones know 
no more about our preachers, their character and abilities 
than they do of Hammurabi. And truth to tell, we preach- 
ers know very little about one another. All we know is 
what we hear, or what we see at our conferences ; and many 
of our men will appear far better among their own people, 
than when on exhibition. Most of our pastors are placed 



by recommendation, and how utterly unprepared most of 
us are to give true recommendations. It has been no umt- 
sual thing for a church to get two or three men in a line, 
who were misfits, to put it mildly. The results are that the 
preacher kills the church, or the church kills the preacher. 
If we had some way to put the right man in the right place 
at the right time, then many of these misfits would be 
avoided ! 

We are living in an age of great industrial development 
and the business world has found it necessai'y to have or- 
ganization. If the average large business concern would 
attempt to run their business as the Brethren Church runs 
hers, they would last about two weeks. And believe me or 
not, it is mighty hard to explain our methods of doing things 
to men who are accustomed to some system. Rules or laws 
are absolutely essential to good business, or good govern- 
ment. Have I said too much on this subject? Well, let mo 
repeat, — we are too loosely organized, for the age in which 
we live. 

Clayton, Ohio. 

(To be continued) 



"Mister, Mister, Come and Help Us" 

By Rev. Arthur F. Ragatz, D.D. Secretary Western Agency of American Bible Society 



"Mister, Mister!" It was a shrill Httle voice that called. 
And many faces on the crowded walk turned to see a little 
girl, hatless and out of breath, trying to stop a man nearly 
half a block away. 

The man also heard; and when he turned around, one 
could see by the twinkle in his eye and his pleasant smile, 
that he did not resent being called "Mister, Mister." by a 
little urchin. In fact, one would think he really enjoyed the 
experience; for he set down his heavy suitcases and smiles 
a welcome to the little girl who came running to him. 

Those who were near and expected to hear the little 
girl tell some startling news were disappointed; for all she 
said was, "Mister, I saw you go by that store over there, 
and Ma wants you to come to our home tonight and bring 
your Bibles." Carefully he took her address and promised 
to be there at the appointed time. 

For several weeks this colporteur had been working iii 
one of the most needy and neglected quarters of the city. 
His lodgings were at the very edge of the slums. Every 
time he went to or from his room, he had to make his way 
through crowds of children. 

He was so different from most men who walked those 
streets, that tlie children soon recognized in him a friend. 
Several times he had stopped and watched them at their 
play, and had helped them even, and once at least had been 
an arbiter in what threatened to be a free-for-all battle. 

Neai-ly ten days before this incident, he had talked with 
this little girl, and on parting had given her a penny Gospel. 
Several days later he asked her if she had read the little 
book. The look on her face answered the question before 
her words were spoken. "Yes," she said; "I've read it to 
all the neighbors — but they can't understand." Little by 
little he got her story. Her family and neighbors were Ital- 
ian. The Gospel was English. She had learned enough in 
school to be able! to read ; but they did not know enough of 
the English to be able to understand what it all meant. Out 
of his stock he took another Gospel, — this one in Italian, — 
and giving it to her asked that she take it home to her 
mother. She took it home. Her mother could read and un- 
derstand. Soon the neighbors heard about "the little Gos- 
pel in Italian," and for days, the girl's home had neighbors 
in it all the while, reading to one another, talking over what 
they had read, and reading more. 

There were many things they could not fully compre- 
hend. Promises that their hearts yearned to believe, but 
ever and anon the question, "Is this truly God's Word," 
and "Are these promises for us? Can we have these bless- 
ings without a priest or without going to mass, or without 
paying for them?" 



Finally, they decided that some one should be called in 
to make plain to them — but who? The little girl, hearing 
this, i^resently told them if she were looking for some one 
to help her, she would go to that kind man who had given 
her the little books. They all agreed that she was right, and 
sent her out to find the man, if possible, and invite him to 
call at their home. 

Thus the invitation was given. The man was found 
and at the appointed time arrived. The humble home was 
filled with exiDcctant neighboi's. Some were there to hear 
the good news; others to take issue with this man, who dared 
to do things so difi'erently than tliey had been taught to be- 
lieve they should be done. 

On the whole it was an attentive group, and he read 
the Word and expounded it, while the Holy Spirit bore wit- 
ness to the truth. Many questions were asked and answered 
until late into the night. When he left, invitations to re- 
turn were pressing, and, for many nights following, he met 
various groups in different homes. 

Bibles were freely bought, many hearts were refreshed, 
and the whole life of some was changed. Today more than 
a score of these people are members of a Protestant mission. 
The colporteur lias long since gone to other fields; but the 
leaven is still at work. The cottage meetings for the study 
of God's Word have become an established arrangement. 
From the giving of a penny Gospel a work of righteousness 
has begun which promises the ultimate regeneration of this 
entire foreign colony. 



It is easy to believe that all the hai'vests of wheat came 
from one seed. That seed spread its multiplying harvests 
from acre to acre, until now the world is full of the music 
of the sickle. In this normal way, our Lord wants to spread 
the harvests of his truth — from man to man, from family to 
family, from neighborhood to neighborhood. You are im- 
patient with that process? You want the city changed from 
top to bottom as by the waving of a wand? Whatever you 
desire, whatever your dream, the city will be changed when 
each man is changed and each woman is changed. When 
the individuals are regenerated, the city will be regenerated. 
Salvation is not social first and then personal, hut personal 
first and then social, as the units of saved individuals mul- 
tiply and their influence becomes controlling. If society is 
to be redeeemed, it will be done by the addition of redeemed 
men and women, one by one, man by man. This is our 
Lord's way and it is the only way. — "The Harvest Is 
White." 



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THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



"Buried Alive" 

By A. E. Thomas 

TEXT: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life 
which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God who loved me, and gave himself 

for me.--Galatians 2:20 



I am crucified with Christ andl it is no longer I that live 
but Christ liveth in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, 
I live in the faith of the Son of God who loved me and gave 
himself up for me. Note the word up. That means that his 
sacrificial death was voluntary. He gave himself up and if 
you do not believe that you're lost. 

Christianity is not an experiment, it is an experience. 
Experiment is something that you are trying to find out 
whether it is right ; experience is knowledge gained by trial. 
Christianity is Christ in the center. He is the center of our 
faith. Now is Christ the center. He is the center of our 
faith. Now Paul says I have had an experience. It was 
Victor Hugo who said there are two great roads that will 
go down in history. The Road to Calvary and the Road to 
Damascus. 

What is salvation? Two-thirds of the church could not 
give a definition of salvation if their salvation depended 
upon it. Paul says, I have been crucified with Christ ; first 
of all, there must be a death. Christ died for me. In the 
Bible there are two creations, the natural life and the spir- 
itual life. You have the death of the sinner and then you 
have the death of Christ and then the resurrection. You 
cannot be resurrected until you die. You have to die be- 
fore you can have a resurrection. 

In Ephesians 4 :22 — That ye put off concerning the for- 
mer conversation the old man, which is corrupt acccording 
to the deceitful lusts. It tells to put a thing off and you 
have to put off the old man and you can't put the old man 
off unless you kill him. Christ does it. Where have you put 
him? Bury him. 

Colossians 2:20 — Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ 
from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in 
the world, are ye subject to ordinances. 

You can never have the resurrection until you die. 

Romans 6:1 — What shall we say then? Shall we con- 
tinue in sin, that grace may abound? 

Now we have died to sin. That means that sin is not 
the matter in the life any more. You have died to sin, "Now 
I am crucified with Christ." Salvation is a new life. There 
must be a death first and you cannot have a new life until 
there is a death. Christ saves us through his atoning blood. 
It begins at the Old Rugged Cross. You can be crucified 
yet not saved. It is Christ's death that saves. We must die 
to the okl life. The old man must die. Now here he is. He 
is corrupt. That man is contented the minute he sees that 
Christ did not die to condemn ; he came to save that which 
was lost. Now then, I am crucified with Christ and I die 
and having been buried with Christ, I am risen with Christ. 
The man who lives in Chiist lives above the world, dead 
with Christ, buried with Christ and risen with Christ. God 
looks; God liears: God sees, not you but Christ in you. I 
am crucified in Christ, ncvei'thcless I live. I live and I am 
still subject to the things of this world but the life I now 
live in the flesh, I do not live, but Christ liveth in me. 

All through the Ephesian letters, he says, I am what I 
am because Christ is in me. We have redemption through 
his blood. He has bought us with a price. I belong to Jesus 
Christ because he paid the price and now I lose myself in 
him. and when T lose myself I stand in the name of Jesus. 

Salvation is wonderful and adequate to save this old 
world from sin. Now look, I am crucified in Christ ; the life 
I now live T live because Christ now liveth in me, in whom 
we have redemption through his blood. Redemption through 



the precious blood of God Almighty himself. This is ■ 
price of redemption. Now see, in Christ Jesus in whom 
have redemption in his blood, the forgiveness of sin. Wl 
Christ lives in you, you are sealed with the power of G 
Sealed by his power. Christ living in me, means that I 
joint heir with him. We have a 50-50 proposition Arith Jei 
Christ. It isn't a fire insurance to keep people out of H 
I no longer live but Christ liveth in me. How d( 
Christ live in me? We get it through the redemption pr 
which he paid. The just shall live by faith. But what 
faith? Faith is taking a leap in the dark, positively si 



®ut Morebtp program 

A Devotional Beading of Matthew's Gospel 

(Clip and put in your Bible for convenience.) 

MONDAY 

LOVING AND GIVING— Matt. 5:43-6:4. 

An old Spanish, writer, once said, ' ' To return evil for 
good is devilish; to return good for good is human; to 
return good for evil is godlike." It is godlike because 
it is so hard to do. And it is about as difficult to give 
without advertising it. But the doing of such hard 
things is what makes the Christian different. 
TtTESDAY 

PRAYEE AND FASTING— Matt. 6:5-18. 

A "Stage Prayer" by a Christian is no more effective 
than the prayer-wheel of the Indian devotee, and to 
make a show of fasting is to " add insult to injury. ' ' 
Outward forms are not to be decried, but the more the3' 
are employed, the more deeply and genuinely must devo- 
tion be felt or they are a positive injury. 
WEDNESDAY 

SINGLENESiS OF AIM AND SERVICE— Matt. -6: 
19-24. 

He whose heart is motivated by a single purpose and 
whose eye is envisioned by single aim will not be wast- 
ing time and energy in a fruitless effort to serve two 
masters, but will be decisive and whole-hearted in the 
service of the object of his love. 

THURSDAY 

ANXIETY FORBIDDEN— Matt. 6:25-34. 

It is not a reckless neglect of the future that is here 
enjoined, but a wholesome trust in the providence of God, 
and an avoidance of worry and fretting, which accom- 
plishes nothing, but rather weakens one's chance and re- 
flects upon God. 

FRIDAY 

.JUDGING OTHERS— Matt. 7:1-6. 

The folly and injustice of judging others rests in the 
meagerncss of our knowledge of them. It is impossible 
to judge the whole life of even our most intimate friends 
by the little bit we know of them, and to attempt it 
is to cast judgment upon ourselves. 
SATITBDAY 

PERSEVERING PRAYER AND RIGHT CONDUCT— 
Matt. 7:7-14. 

The Christian has every encouragement to determined, 
persevering prayer, but he who prays thus will find his 
answer in no small degree in his ability to love and treat 
his neighbor as himself, and to walk the straight and 
narrow way. 

SUNDAY 

THE TEST OP FRUIT— Matt. 7:15-23. 

"This is the infallible test," says Peloubct. In the 
Parliament of Religion the theories of religion were pre- 
sented and seemed so beautiful, but the real te.'st of their 
value would have been in bringing together the people 
'made by religion, the practical results. When some one 
said to Wendell Phillips that Hindooism was as good as 
Christianity, he replied, "India is the answer." — G. S. B. 



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you will get into the arms of God. It is a leap foi* the Cross. 

How do I know I am saved? I know it because Christ 
dwells in me. It is his faith and my faith that links up to- 
gether and then it is one great powerful experience. I live 
by faith in the Son of God who loved me. He loved me. The 
greatest love in this world is that Christ loved me. He gave 
himself. God could have sent an angel but he gave himself. 
He took upon himself my sins. He loved me and gave him- 
self up for me. 

Paul says, I am crucified with Christ, I am dead and 
not only dead but buried. The old life is gone and in place 
of it is the new life ; the new life in him. Then having been 
crucified having been buried, you rise again. Now look at 
yourself risen in Christ. Christ living in you! You begin 
as a child again. So do we all. "We are babes in Christ. 
After a while, we come out of the baby stage. After child- 
hood comes the youth. There is the time of uncertainty. 
There is the time of asking questions. Then ^^•e come to the 
middle age. The time when these things have been settled. 
Then finally when it is through, we walk up in the other 
world in the likeness of Jesus Christ. 

In Christ Jesus we have a victorious life and all we need 
to do is to live by faith in the Son of God. Temptations you 
will have ; temptations will come that will woriy you. 

Salvation is the grandest and the greatest thing in all 
the world. It is not something cheap. It is something when 
you got it, you can keep through the power of Jesus Christ. 

I am a child of God; I am in his love; I am living by 
faith. Think, are you a real child of God, living in his love ? 
What is it? Accept Jesus Christ. Then when you come and 
accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, he intercedes 
for you. 

Salvation is not feeling. Salvation is faith. So faith 
in Jesus Christ is the first step in the acceptance of Jesus 
Christ ai> your Savior. 

He loved me — ah, what love ! How marvelous, how won- 
derful is the Savior's love for me. He gave himself up — ah, 
be sure you see the uplifted Christ, Not the life of Jesus, 
but the Uplifted Christ. I look to that lone hill far away 
and see the Blood of Christ, spilled for me — for me. Deny 
that and my faith is gone. dear pei-plexed heart, sin has 
found its Master in the Christ of Calvaiy. Look up to him 
and live. There is life, there is healing in the uplifted 
Christ, 

"There is life for a look at the Crucified one. 

There is life at this moment for thee. 

Then look, sinner, look unto him and be saved — . 

Unto him Avho was nailed to the tree." 

North Manchester, Indiana. 

OUR DEVOTIONAL 

The Generous Soul 

By O. E. Sibert 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

I covet no man's silver or gold or apparel. Ye your- 
selves know that these hands ministered inito my necessi- 
ties; and to them that were with me. In all these things I 
gave you an example, that so laboring ye ought to helj) the 
weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that 
he himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." 
(Acts 20:33-36, A. R. V.). 

OUR MEDITATION 

These words were spoken by a truly generous soul. The 
great apostle Paul was on the return voyage of his third 
missionary tour. He had stopped at Melitus for a few days 
to bid farewell to the elders of Epliesus. The words of our 
scripture lesson are the closing remarks of his final mes- 
sage. It is a message to all who profess the name of Jesus 
Christ. It is a challenge to the Christian world today. Are 
we meeting that challenge 



"I covet no man's silver, or gold, or apparel." His 
chief concern in life was not that of worldly goods. He 
was not interested in the treasured millions which his neigh- 
bors possessed. His supreme aspiration was to gain heaven- 
ly treasures, spiritual securities and divine ijossessions. My 
dear brother or sister in Christ Jesus, what is your chief 
aim and aspiration in life? Do you covet the worldly goods 
of others about you? Or, do you covet most the spiritual 
treasures of the apostle Paul. 

Consider with me the words of Jesus, "Lay not up for 
yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust con- 
sume, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay 
up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth 
nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break 
through and steal; for where your treasure is there will 
your heart be also" (Matt. 6:19-21, A. R. V.). "No man can 
serve two masters : for either he will hate the one, and love 
tlie other; or else will hold to the one and despise the other. 
Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matt. 6:24, A. R. V.). 

Christians, then, must serve God. This service should 
be given out of the generosity of the soul and not for earth- 
ly rewards. Paul says, "These hands have ministered unto 
my necessities and to them that Avere with me." Far too 
many Christians today feel that something should be re- 
ceived for every service rendered and that something is 
measured wholly by material values. St. Paul says, "In all 
these things I have given yoii an example, that so laboring 
ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of 
the Lord Jesus, that he himself said, 'It is more blessed to 
give than to receive.' " 

Giving one's all, in sacrificial service to humanity is 
the road to true wealth. The rewards are eternal. Remem- 
ber again the Avords of Jesus. "Then shall the king say 
unto them at his right hand. Come, ye blessed of my Father, 
inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the 
foundation of the world ; for I Avas hiuigry and ye gave me 
to eat; I Avas thirsty and ye gave me drink; I Avas a stran- 
ger, and ye took me in; naked and ye clothed me; I Avas 
sick and ye visited me ; I Avas in prison and ye came unto 
me. Then shall the righteous ansAver him, saying. Lord, 
Avhen saAv avc thee hungry and fed thee ? Or athirst and gave 
thee drink? And Avhen saAv Ave thee a stranger and took thee 
in? Or naked, and clothed thee? And the king shall an- 
.SAver and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as 
ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even the least, ye 
did it unto me" (Matt. 25:34-40, A. R. V.). 

In view of these teachings of the Son of God and the 
great apostle Paul, cannot you and I afferd to lay greater 
emphasis upon our sacrificial life? If I have interpretated 
these teachings I'ightly it is the generous soul Avho shall 
inherit the eternal rcAvards in the kingdom of God. May avc, 
Avith the help of God, strive to cultivate a generous soul that 
we may inherit these everlasting rewai-ds mentioned by 
these great teachers. 

OUR PRAYER 

Our most gracious and divine Fatlier who art in heaven, 
Ave praise thy holy name. We thank thee for thy revealed 
word and the sacrificial life of thy Son, Jesus Christ. May 
Ave, thy humble servants, put aside the material considera- 
tions of life. May they become the secondary things of life. 
Give us Ave pray thee, the generous soul of the Apostle Paul 
or of thy Son, Jesus. Use us, Ave pray, for the furtherance 
of thy kingdom here on earth. Forgive us Avherein Ave have 
failed to be generous in the past and Ave will give thee praise 
forever. In his name, we pray. Amen. 

Ashland, Ohio. 

This is the meaning of Avorship : that one comes con- 
sciously and deliberately into the presence of God with such 
acts of adoration, thanksgiving, and petition as are the ex- 
pressions of one's attitude to the Heavenly Father. This 
God Avants as the parent Avants the feel of the childish arms 
and the sound of the childish voice in the simple Avords of 
love and affection. — Christ Church Messenger. 



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Editor's Select Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

Jesus and Nicodemus 



{Lesson for January 17) 
Devotional Beading— John 3:31-36. 
Scripture Lesson— John 3:1-17; 19:38-42. 



Golden Text — God so loved the world, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, 
but have eternal life. — John 3:16. 

Selected Comments 

During- the passovcr feast, after the cleans- 
ing of the temple and after Jesus had 
wrought some miracles (John 2:23), Nico- 
demus came to talk alone with him. All we 
know of him is recorded here and in John 7: 
50 and in 19:39, which implies that at last he 
became a disciple. A ruler of the Jews. A 
member of the Sanhcdrin (.John 7:50), or 
council, the chief governing body of the Jews, 
consisting of the high priest, as president, 
and seventy other members. He came by 
night, secretly, not really as a coward, but as 
one careful not to burn his bridges behind 
him until he was sure of the direction it was 
best to go. After a rather vague complimen- 
tary greeting by Nieodenius, Jesus immedi- 
ately presents the problem of the new birth. 
Nicodemus seems to have rather affected a 
misunderstanding, for surely a man of his 
rank and education (v. 10) would know that 
no physical birth w.ts meant. 

5. Born of water and of the Spirit. Born 
of water refers to John 's baptism of repent- 
ance, saying that he must be cleansed from 
his past sins and confess publicly his renun- 
ciation of his past life. Born of the Spirit 
refers to a new spiritual life. Without pub- 
lie confession he cannot enter .the visible 
kingdom; without a new heart he cannot be- 
come a real member of the kingdom of God. 

6. Born of flesh, etc. By flesh is meant all 
the bodily appetites and desires, as well as 
the body itself. It is the whole equipment 
with which nature lits a man for life in this 
world. In natural birth like breeds like, and 
forever determines much that has important 
bearings on his person and character. But to 
belong to a spiritual kingdom it is as essential 
to be born of the Spirit as to be born of the 
flesh is essential to entering upon the natural 
earthly life. 

8. The wind bloweth where it will, ac- 
cording to its own laws, absolutely beyond 
human knowledge and control. The word 
"wind" here is the same word as "spirit" in 
previous verses. Thou hearest the voice tSiere- 
Of. You see the results, but you cannot tell 
the causes, which are beyond your reach. 

10. Art tSiou the teacher of Israel. The 
well-knnwn Rabbi, to whom so many thou- 
sands look for spiritu,-il guidance. And under- 
standest not these things? ' ' It w as the busi 
ncss of every member of the Sanhcdrin, as 
Christ understood it, to understand above 
everything else just such spiritual m3'steries 
as ho had been talking about. They should 
have been his dream, his delight, the constant 
subject of his thought and his speech. That 



would have been the case with the prophets 
of old, or with John the Baptist; but it was 
far otherwise with the Pharisees." 

14. As Moses, etc. (See Num. 21:4-9). 

16. for God so loved. The emphasis is on 
the SO. The proof and the measure of this 
love is given in what follows. So loved the 
world. This sinful, wicked, rebellious world; 
this world that rejected him; this world full 
of hate, war, crime, ignorance, perversity. 
This is the wonder of the universe. His only 
begotten. Son. The one nearest to himself, the 
only one who holds this peculiar relation; so 
that it was really a giving of himself for 
man; it was not a throwing off the burden 
on another. There is no other certain proof 
of God's perfect love for all men than this. 
Nature gives us many hints of God's love; 
but there is so much which is terrible, which 
seems contrary to love, that we cannot be 
sure that God loves us except by this gift 
of his Son. 

Twdce more in the Gospel do we read of 
Nicodemus. We have no hint from this chap- 
ter that he accepted Jesus as his Master. In 
John 7:45-52 we read of his brave -words to 
the Sanhedrin in Jesus' behalf; yet he is not 
even accused by his fellows of being his dis- 
ciple; not even as much as they had accused 
the officers who had failed to arrest him. 
But in John 19:38-42 there is a distinct im- 
plication that he had by that time, become 
a disciple, for he provided rich store of 
spices for the embalming of Jesus' body. — 
The iStandard Quarterly. 

Lesson Liglhts 
The New Birth. Our Savior here declares 
that there are two elements or factors in the 
new birth; one the putting away the old life, 
the washing or cleansing from sin, of which 
water is a symbol. The other, the receiving 
of the new life of the Spirit, which is typi- 
fied by the outward baptism. 



The Kingdom of God "is the individual 
and social life that Christ came to inaugur- 
ate, the reign of love to God and man in hu- 
man hearts and in all human relationships. It 
is a kingdom because God is at the head of 
it, supremely honored and implicitly obeyed, 
the source of all its power, happiness and 
prosperity. The new birth is the necessary 
entrance into this kingdom because without 
this union with the Holy Spirit our wills are 
not God's will but contrary thereto, and so 
we cannot be loyal citizens of his kingdom." 
The word "born" implies that this new life 
from above is at first but the beginning of a 
process of growth. There has begun the 
child-life of the kingdom which, through the 
continued influence of the Spirit, wiU grow 
into "the perfect man in Christ Jesus" and 
through stress and storm and battle become 
at last complete. 

The Spirit's Methods we cannot know, but 
the facts of the new life arc as plain and 
certain as that the strong wind bends the for- 
est trees. We may not know the day nor the 
hour when we are born again, but we may 
know the facts by the fruits. The imparta- 
tion of life to man, to animal and to plant 
is still, even in the brightest light of science, 
as great a mystery as ever. But the fact of 
life is a certainty. 

Faith is not arbitrary, but is the necessary 
condition of salvation. It is no more a hin- 
drance than the stairs are a hindrance to 
coming out of a burning building, or a road 
a hindrance to reaching a place. Faith is a 
way to salvation, a means of attaining it. 

God So Loved the World that he made pro- 
vision ample enough to provide salvation for 
every individual who would ever be born into 
the world. 

"Saved, that is, if it chose, not saved by 
compulsion. It would be no real salvation if 
Christ merely forced sinners into heaven; 
they would not belong there or be happy 
there. The only possible salvation is the kind 
he offers, ba.sed on repentance of sin, hatred 
of it, a longing for goodness and l6vc of and 
faith in the Savior." 



Rendering Help to South Africa 



It is the policy of the Field Committee of 
the World's iSunday School Association for 
one of the Staff Secretaries to visit the var- 
ious countries where there are national Sun- 
day School Associations or where such organ- 
izations may be promoted that the largest 
measure of help may be rendered in carrying 
on the most effective work in each nation. For 
at least three years the iSouth African Nation- 
al Sunday School Association have been beg- 
ging for a deputation visit from one of the 
Secretaries. These appeals began when Mr. 
Charles Francis, of New York City, a member 
of the World's Executive Committee, visited 
South Africa when returning from the 
World's Convention in Tokyo which was held 
in 1920. The 33 delegates from South Africa 
who were at the Glasgow Convention in 1924 



renewed the appeal with a document signed 
by the entire delegation. 

Plans are now being completed for Dr. W. 
G. Landes, General Secretary of the World's 
Association, to begin a series of meetings 
under the direction of John G. Birch, Secre- 
tary' of the South Africa Association, on Eas- 
ter, 1926, when the annual convention of that 
Association opens in Cape Town. Conventions, 
institutes and conferences will be held in 
other parts of South Africa and every possi- 
ble help rendered while Dr. Landes is in that 
country. Other work will be cared for by 
this Sunday School Secretary while en route. 



A bad bargain is made worse by bad act- 
ing after the sale. 



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J. A. GABBER, President 

Ashland, Ohio 

R. D. BARNARD, Associate 

Mansfield, Ohio 



Our Young People at Work 

(Young People's Topics in The Angelua by Thobum C. Lyon.) 



GIiADYS M. SPICE 

General Secretary 

2301 13th St., N. E., 

Canton, Ohio 



A Conversational Prompter 

By Ida Charlotte Roberts 



' ' Yes, I enjoyed my visit with Alice while 
with her, but as soon as I had left her I was 
overcome with a feeling of disappointment; 
my visit hadn't been satisfying," confessed 
Emily Sawyer to Lois Hanson one afternoon 
when the two were comparing notes on their 
recent vacations. 

"What was the cause of your vexation of 
spirit?" Lois asked. 

"Oh, there were so many things I wanted 
to talk about and hear Alice talk about, and 
I forgot to bring them up. I wanted to know 
Alice 's views on the work of art she had writ- 
ten me she was reading. I wanted to hear 
how her new scheme for increasing member- 
ship in the Village Improvement League had 
worked out. I wanted to know whether she 
took the correspondence course she was plan- 
ning to take and whether it had come up to 
her expectations. Alice always talks help- 
fully, not preachily, and sanely about mat- 
ters. There were oodles of things I wanted 
to talk over with her, but my brain didn't 
call them up." 

"Wasn't there time?" 

"We talked continually, but there were 
usually others present and many interrup- 
tions. I let others guide the conversation, 
and in doing so I forgot to bring up my pet 
subjects." 

"Why didn't you make a list before you 
went to visit your friend?" 

"A list? What do you mean? Like a shop- 
ping list?" 

"Yes. Before you left home, if you had 
jotted down any matter you wanted to dis- 
cuss with your friend and taken your jottings 
with you, you might not have come away 
dissatisfied. You know our family is scattered 
to the four winds; and when we have a gath- 
ering of the clan, as we try to do every year, 
each of us carries a list of subjects to talk 
over. You can 't think how well the plan 
works. We used to feel as you do — provoked 
with ourselves because we hadn 't thought to 
bring up this matter or that. Now one of us 
armed w-ith a list brings up a subject which 
is threshed out; then another trots out a sub- 
ject on his list, and so on. Oh, yes, we wan 
der from the subject in hand, the association 
of ideas often carrying us far afield; but that 
only adds to the fun. We do have such de- 
lightful talkfests, and always feel as if we 
were leaving a feast of reason and a flow of 
soul when we go." 

"What a sensible plan!" Emily exclaimed. 
"Tell me some more." 

"Just before we separate we each tell the 
name of the book we've read since we met, 
the one that we liked best, and tell our im- 
pression of it. Sometimes we tell of the 
music we 've enjoyed most, and we end by 
telling the funniest story we've heard, which, 
by the way, helps us over the parting. You'd 
be surprised to know how much we get out 
of tjjese visits together. 



"When wo arc reading a book during the 
year, we think of it in a critical frame of 
mind — I don't mean an unkind frame; when 
we hear music or see a good picture, we try 
to carry away something of it to give to our 
family. I'm sure our minds have become 
more alert and our tongues more cunning in 

(Continued on page 15) 



JUNIOR ENDEAVOR 

By Virginia Haun 



( Topic for January 17) 

When to Say "No" to Ourselves 
Matthew 16:24 

A leaf hung on the topmost bough of a big 
tree. A breeze came from the west and it 
swayed with it. Then it rained and the tears 
dripped from the leaf 's downcast face. Dark 
clouds passed over the sky and the leaf lost 
all its bright color. Always it moved and 
changed as Mother Nature changed her dispo- 
sition. Why did the leaf not keep a smiling, 
joyful countenance all the time? Because, it 
did not know how to say "No.'.' It did not 
have a mind to think and a will by which it 
could carrj' out the plans it thought of like 
we. Juniors, have. It may be easier to move 
first one way and then another, whisked about 
by every changing mood and thought, but 
there are times when it is better to say 
"No" to ourselves and master this tempta- 
tion toward weakness. 

Jesus once went out in the desert all by 
himself to plan his life work. He knew that 
he was to become King of men and different 
ideas came to him as to how he might do 
this. He considered becoming rich and pow- 
erful, owning all the countr.y in sight, as he 
viewed it from a big high mountain. !The peo- 
ple then would have believed him a rightful 
ruler because he would have been more 
wealthy than anyone else in the land. But, 
Jesus did not give in to this thought. He 
said, "No" to it in very strong words. Ho 
even used Bible verses to show that this was 
not the way in which he should become King 
of men. Another idea then came to Jesus' 
mind. He thought about surprising the peo- 
ple by performing a great miracle. He 
thought about jumping from a big high tower. 
Then the crowds would have believed him to 
be unusual and to be One who could do things 
which they could not and the people would 
have worshipped him. But again Jesus said 
"No" for this would have been using his 
power in the wrong way. Still a third idea 
came to Jesus about using his power and for 
the third time he said "No," for when he 
thought over all these things he realized that 
they were not worthy uses for the Son of 
God to make of his power. Jesus said this 



little word that is sometimes so hard to say 
to everyone of his temptations. Let us, Ju- 
niors, form the habit of considering carefully 
the plans which come to our minds and if 
they are plans which will not be helpful to 
others, let us say "No" to them. Jesus, 
later in his life, used his power to perform 
miracles, his power to do things other men 
couldn't do, but he did not use that power 
for himself. Instead, he used that wonderful 
power to help others, to cure the blind and 
heal the sick. 

There were times when Jesus said "No" 
to the thoughts which came to his mind. I 
wonder if there aren't even more times when 
we. Juniors, need to use this little negative 
word. If you read the Bible references for 
the week you will find when some of these 
times are. One of these verses tells us to 
deny ourselves and follow Jesus. Do you know 
what this means? I'll tell you what I think 
it means. I think it means for us to do just 
like Jesus did. When he was tempted to gain 
power for himself he denied himself, said 
"No" to himself, and instead helped others. 
One time when we are to say this word to 
ourselves is when we are tempted to do things 
for ourselves instead of doing things for 
others. Do you remember the story about 
Solomon? One time God told Solomon that 
he could have anj' one thing he would ask 
for. Solomon might have asked for wealth 
or power for himself but he said "No" to 
these thoughts and asked for wisdom that he 
might rule his people in the right way, for 
he was a King. Do you know about the re- 
ward he received? Because he desired to help 
others more than himself, God gave him wis- 
dom and gave him riches and power, too. 
There will surely be a reward for those Ju- 
niors who learn to think of others first and 
then of themselves. 

Another very important time to say "No" 
is when we are tempted to hide behind others. 
It is so easy to let things look like someone 
else is to blame for something that we had a 
big share in, ourselves. Let's learn to say 
"No" when the temptation comes to deceive 
people in order to escape blame for things 
we have done. 

One of our Scripture verses gives us a very 
happy promise if we learn to say ' ' No ' ' 
whenever we are tempted. It says if we en- 
dure temptation, that is, learn to say "No," 
we shall be blessed and shall receive the 
crown of life. Then let us learn to think 
things through that we may know when to 
say "No" and may receive this precious re- 
ward which our Heavenly Father promises. 
M., Jan. 11 When tempted to do wrong. 

Jas. 1:12. 
T., Jan. 12 AYhen we feel lazy. Prov. 6:6-9. 
AV., Jan. 13 When tempted to lie. 

Acts 5:1-11. 
T., .Jan. 14 When tempted to be dishonest. 

2 Kings 5:20-27. 
F., Jan. 15 When selfish. Eomans 15:1. 
S., Jan. 16 When ready to boast. Jas. 3:5. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



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Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BATTMAN, 

Financial Secretary Foreign Board 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California. 



MISSIONS 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 

WTT.TiTAM A. GEAItHABT, 

Home Missionary Secretary, 

1106 American Savings Bldg., Dayton, Ohio. 



Rio Cuarto, Argentina 



At this letter should reach its readers' 
about the end of the year I will begin by 
wishing one and all a happy New Year and a 
year full of blessings and the joy of service. 
Here we have just celebrated Thanksgiving. 
rhiii is not an Argentine holiday as the date 
comes hero in the spring instead of the fall, 
and there is no corresponding festival in the 
imII although Easter comes at about the cor- 
responding date. 

This year we had a very happy Thanksgiv- 
ing as wc had with us Brother Siokel and 
family and Brother Yett and family and 
Brother Istueta, our native pastor in Labou- 
laye. The latter brought for us a fine turkey, 
Vhe gift of one of the Ixplievers in Laboulaye. 
This is well worth mentioning for such gifts 
to pastors down here are far more rare than 
Thanksgiving days, but the people are learn 
ing the gospel spirit more and more and somo 
day no doubt the evangelical Christians will 
secure a general observance of a day of 
thanksgiving. 

However, I fear that many who observe the 
day do so by indulging self rather than conse- 
crating their substance to God. The Thanks- 
giving offerings to the poor and to missions 
arc pitifully small compared with the total 
<ipent in feasting on this day. The church 
needs a revival of the apostolic custom of 
fasting on occasions. Only thus will it escape 
the general spirit of frivolity of the age. 

In regard to our work in Argentina there 
arc as always both encouraging and discour- 
aging things. The chief of the latter is that 
tlio native worker in charge of the Bible 
coach on its last tour has not proven satisfac- 
tory and as the other worker will probably 
have to spend a year in military training be- 
ginning in Eebruaiy, and the motor of the 
auto has had a serious break, we feel obliged 
to drop this work for a little while. We ask 
the prayers of all that the Lord may soon 
open the way for the continuation of this 
work, which with proper workers is very im- 
IJortant. The coach has been in use five years 
!ind the bcdy of it, with slight repairs, seems 
to be good for a life time, but the motor is 
showing its age. The roads are better than 
they used to be, and there are prospects of 
getting hard surfaced roads by and by. 

Our work in general is encouraging. Since 
last reports I have baptized three converts in 
Alejandro where Brother Reina has an excel- 
lent Sunday school and a good group of be- 
lievers. Those baptized are from the upper 
class families of the town and there are a 
number of candidates who hope to be ready 
by Christmas. 

In Cabrera also and in Laboulaye there are 
candidates for baptism but the pastors in 
these places are extremely careful to make 
sure that the candidates are thoroughly con- 
vert<>d and faithful before being baptized. 
They are men of consecrated lives and are 
building their work on good foundations. 
Here in Kio Cuarto wo have had five bap- 



tisms in Ontober and si.x in November with a 
number more candidates in preparation. More 
members have moved away but some believers 
of other denominations have come in. Our 
Sunday school is once more around the six 
hundred mark. We are having extremely hot 
weather and considerable sickness. 

In Buenos Aires we have a chance to sell 
our lot at a good profit for cash, but we do 
not want to sell. We want to build and we 
ask the prayers of the home folks that the 
way may open soon for a projier building and 
a good North American pastor in that great 
city. There are some missions there to be 
sure, but only one for every twenty thousaiid 
inhabitant.s and none of them are teaching 
the whole gospel doctrine as do the Brethren. 

We arO( having a meeting of the Field Coun- 
cil to consider our problems and make our 
plans and wc feel very much the need of 
divine guidance in our work. The ignorance 
of the gospel is still very great and we en- 
counter prejudices on every hand. We appre- 
ciate the prayers and help of the brethren and 
trust that we may constantly prove more wor- 
thy of them. 

C. F. YODEE. 



Have We Done Our Utmost? 

' ' The Sky Parlor, Long Beach, Calif. 
Dear Members of the F. M. S.: 

"I watch, and am as a sparrow, along upon 
the house-top." 

Your Office Secretary, in answer to her first 
message to you through "The Evangelist," 
received a very precious letter from a kin- 
dred spirit, in which "That O. S. " was re- 
ferred to as "the sparrow of the Sky Par- 
lor." 

That is a wonderful story our Lord and 
Savior told about the Father's care of the 
sparrow, in Matthew 10:29-31, and his con- 
cluding words ("Fear ye not therefore; ye 
are of more value than many sparrows") 
make our sometimes-trembling hearts to thrill 
with the joy of perfect peace and safety! 
Truly, ho is our "hiding place"; 
"A convert from storm and from rain," 
"T'ndor the shadow of thy wings will I re- 
joice!" 

But sometimes surely the great loving heart 
of our Father God must be grieved at our 
selfishness. Do you know John 3:16? Do you 
truly know it? "God so loved the world that 
he gave his Only Begotten Son." "And he 
is the propitiation for our sins, and not for 
ours only, but also for the sins of the whole 
world. ' ' 

■miat then of those superstition-bound, 
priest-ridden people of iSouth America — those 
folks down there who do not know our "Hid- 
ing Place," but who are trying to find peace 
and safety through the Virgin Mary and 
through their patron saints, when the Lord 
himself said, "I am the Way ... No man 
cometh unto the Father but bv Me." 



What about those dark-skinned people in 
Africa, for whom Christ died, who, in their 
ignorance of the Father God Who gave "the 
Son of his love" that they might live, still 
are in the heathen night of idol and devil 
worship? 

Have we done our utmost to rescue these 
perishing, for whom Christ died? Or is our 
Savior waiting, at the right hand of the 
Father, — waiting for us to reach these "other 
sheep ... not of this fold"? May not our 
failure in giving and going be delaying his 
Coming, for he said, "Them also I must 
bring." 

O, dear Members of the F. M. S., as we 
look forward to the anniversary of our Lord's 
Resurrection, when we seek to honor him 
with our gifts to foreign missions, may we 
not search our hearts as never before and 
be sure that we appreciate God's love-gift of 
his dear Son for the redemption of the world, 
and may we give "heartily, as unto the Lord, 
and not unto men"! 

Yours in the Master's Service, 
THAT OFFICE SECRETARY. 



The Workers of the Argentine 

PART II 
By Egydio Romanenghi 

Our Workers Constitute a League of Nations 

Anton is an Argentine, but his father is 
French and his mother German. He does not 
like grammar very well, but can make him- 
self understood in Spanish, in French, in 
German, and even in English. When Brother 
and Sister Boardman reached Buenos Aires, 
he went to meet them at the boat. Without 
knowing them, and even with a very limited 
knowledge of English, he was able to find 
them and help them out. Brother Jose Anton 
is only 28 years of age. 

Adolfo Zeche is also an Argentine. His 
parents are German. He is 25 years of age. 
He knows his Spanish well and is a good 
speaker. He talks German in his family, and 
knows a little French and English as these 
languages are taught in the College. 

Dominga Reina is a Spaniard. His parents 
are also Spaniards. He came to the Argentine 
when he was very young. To talk to him 
about grammar is like talking to a mender of 
shoes about sculpture. He does not believe 
that statement in Logic which says that we 
reason better when we know our language 
better. Reina says, "You may use your 
rhetoric and long words that you have to look 
up in dictionaries, but let me use simple lan- 
guage which even the children can under- 
stand." Reina has learned a few sentences 
in English and thinks it is a great accom- 
plishment. He is twenty-five years old. 

Ricardo Egea is a Spaniard, from the prov- 
ince of Catalonia. He is thirty-five years old. 
His parents are also Spaniards. He Icnows 
the language well. One might call Egea a 
natural physician. He came to the Argentine 
over fifteen years ago. 



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Juan Istueta, or "Don Juan" as he is 
called, is a Spaniard. He came over many 
years ago. He is now tMrty-four years old. 
He talks Spanish very well and with the Vas- 
oc accent. 

Federico S'otola is a Czechoslovakian. 



Besides knowing his own language, he knows 
Spanish very well and also German. He came 
to the Argentine when he was very young. 
He is thirty-six years old now. 

Besides these workers, we have now an 
Italian, Luis Siccardi. 



I am a Brazilian, which makes one na- 
tionality more. 'Therefore I think I am not 
far wrong in saying that our workers might 
be called a league of nations. 

Ashland, Ohio. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



GATEWO'OD, \\rEST VIRGINIA 

I closed a two and a half weeks' meeting 
at Gatewood, West Virginia, November 15. 

This is the fourth meeting I have held at 
this place within the last five years. IThere 
have been peculiar hindering causes at this 
place every time I came. This year they had 
no pastor and had been disappointed in not 
getting the evangelist that had promised 
them. The weather also was bad over half 
of the time. These hindi'ances made it hard 
at the beginning. 

The last week the power of the Holy Ghost 
fell. We closed in the very height of inter- 
est with twenty-seven confessions. 

We baptized 19 in the Oak Hill baptistry 
of the Brethren church the last day of the 
meeting. 

Quite a crowd went Sunday afternoon over 
10 miles where we had a splendid baptism. 
Three also came that had once been baptized. 

Twenty-two were added to the church with 
five not baptized. Two of these may go to 
another church and I hope the other three 
will soon be baptized. We closed with many 
near the Kingdom, with interest at white 
heat. I think the best of aU we succeeded in 
getting them a pastor. 

My Brother, J. S'. Bowman, living at Jor- 
dou Mines, Virginia, was with us over the 
last (Sunday and has consented to come and 
give them three sermons a month. 

He has been a successful pastor and evan- 
gelist, also a school teacher for 30 years. 

We received a number of bright school 
children into the church, also some in mid- 
life, and some of the most influential in this 
community that are older. 

If the weather had been good and we could 
have stayed two weeks more, I believe we 
could have doubled this number. If they will 
have the proper care and leadership this will 
become a strong country church. 

ISAAC D. BOWMAN, 

Leesburg, New Jersey. 

P. S. — I am now home again after being 
absent for ten weeks. Wife and I being alone 
I cannot leave home for a long period at one 
time, but would be glad to accept calls for 
evangelistic work or Bible Conferences — 
either Doctrinal, Prophetic, or Higher Life. 

Could not stay from home at most more 
than six weeks at a time. I. D. BOWMAN. 



THE FREMONT VICTORY 
Yes, I call it a victory and I know you 
would also if you were conversant with the 
facts that surround the erecting of the prac- 
tically new plant at Fremnot. It is modern 
in every respect, nothing extravagant, yet 
substantial, cozy, neat and attractive in type. 



Brother Henderson has described the building 
more in detail, so we will say no more about 
it. It will be a privilege for the members of 
the Ohio Conference to assemble in session in 
this new building next October. 

We consider it an honor and a privilege to 
have been called to dedicate this sanctuary of 
God. On Sunday afternoon, November 20, an 
enthusiastic crowd assembled iu this building 
to have a part in dedicating it to the service 
of the Church's Founder — Jesus Christ. The 
Sunday school orchestra rendered special 
music along with several vocal solos which 
was enjoyed by all. Pledges were received at 
both morning and afternoon service and while 
there is some debt remaining, the burden will 
not be overpowering. We feel the good Breth- 
ren have done fine in a financial way. Most 
of them are day laborers and paying for their 
homes, yet this did not cause them to forget 
their allegiance to the Lord. 

A very impressive part of the afternoon ser- 
vice was the dedication of the pulpit to the 
memory of Elder S. M. Loose, the founder of 
the Fremont church. [This splendid pulpit is 
the gift of Professor Charles Anspach of 
Ashland College, a grandson of Brother Loose. 
This pulpit will long serve to commemorate 
the unselfish service that Brother Loose gave 
to this church. 

On dedication evening we began a two 
weeks' revival meeting. The church was 
rather disorganized owing to the absence of 
a regular place in which to worship while the 
building was under construction. But the 
Brethren were not slow in taking hold of the 
task. The attendance was good from the be- 
ginning and fine interest manifested. The 
difficult task was to get the unsaved to at- 
tend, which is true generally today. We did 
our best, feeling that the Lord would reward 
our efforts somehow. We were not disappoint- 
ed, for the second Sunday morning when the 
invitation was given, nearly all the members 
came forward for reconseeration and six 
others made the good confession. This in- 
creased the interest for the last week of the 
meeting which finally resulted in three more 
uniting with the church, making a total of 
nine. We regretted that we could not remain 
with them another week, but our leave of ab- 
sence with our own people had expired. 

Fremont is a mission point and I feel one 
that deserves help. At present there is no 
sign of it becoming a large congregation such 
as the other large churches in the city. But 
if the coming generation is conserved there 
is no reason why Fremont should go back. 
One of the large factors in the future of the 
church there is the economic. So long as the 
men have work the church will continue and 



all ludieatious point to the likelihood that the 
manufacturing plants will continue. It looks 
to us to be a good project and a wise move 
in erecting the new building. 

xt need not be denied that much of the 
future progress at Fremont will depend large- 
ly upon the pastor. It takes a leader to keep 
up inspiration as well as education. Prac- 
tically all of the men are busy in the shops 
and much devolves upon the pastor in plan- 
ning and carrying out the plans. The Breth- 
ren there are very willing to work all they 
can as evidence shows. I do not hesitate to 
say that Brother Henderson is meeting nec- 
essary qualifications splendidly. iSeveral times 
we beheld him in his laborer's cloak which 
shows evidence of having been worn while the 
wearer was at work in some deep ditch, too 
narrow for such a (small?) man as Brother 
"Sam." He is interested in the education 
of his people and is striving to serve them 
the best he knows how. In all our visiting 
with the members we did not hear a single 
word of discontent concerning the pastor. We 
hope he will continue to serve these people as 
we feel confident that the work will continue 
to progress under his wise leadership. We 
certainly enjoyed our stay at his home with 
his good wife and children. We could not 
have been treated better even though they 
made the attempt to make an English tea 
drinker out of us. If you like good tea just 
go to Fremont among these good English 
folks and you certainly will get it. 

We left Fremont with a song in our heart 
for the victory that had been won and a 
prayer on our lips for the continued faithful- 
ness of the pastor and his flock. May God 
continue to bless them in their mission. 

O. C. STARN. 



SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON 

December first we closed our work at iSun- 
nyside, Washington, and came to Flora, In- 
diana, to take charge of the work vacated by 
our Brother B. T. Burnworth. The four years 
spent in Sunnyside were very profitable j'ears 
indeed, and passed all too quickly. We found 
a strong and loyal church at Sunnyside and 
we trust that our four years' ministry among 
them did not leave them less loyal or true to 
the ' ' Faith. ' ' We were privileged to see 
every department of the church advance and 
many precious souls won for Christ and Ms 
u. roc.hhl h nh Wtf ohserircCvbgkqjmcfwpy 
church. When the call came from Flora we 
were under contract to remain at Sunnyside, 
but when we asked them to release us for the 
work here they very kindly consented to do 
so. As we were in the east at the time, do- 
ing evangelistic work we were spared the or- 



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deal of saying good-bye to a people that we 
had learned to love. This to me is the hard- 
est part of the pastor's work- — saying good- 
bye to those whom you have baptized, mar- 
ried and with whom you ' ' have fought the 
good fight." At this Christmas time dozens 
of cards are coming to us from S'unnyside 
Brethren and with them a flood of pleasant 
memories. As we look back over those years 
of work and fellowship with the Brethren in 
the "Sunny West," we can see nothing to 
mar the remembrance of it all. lyunnyside 
knows how to take care of their pastor. IThey 
have a seven-roomed bungalow parsonage 
nicely furnished and heated. They are care- 
ful to share with their pastor whatever good 
things come their w^y. Fruit and provisions 
are received almost daily at the parsonage 
and somehow turkeys always found their way 
to the parsonage on Thanksgiving and Christ- 
mas. At the time of our resignation J. C. 
Beal was acting pastor and the church has 
called him to finished the unexpired year 
which ends September 1st, 1926. We covet 
for our brother the same loving cooperation as 
was accorded to us, and may the Lord richly 
bless them and lead them on to greater things 
for him. As we w-rite we arc at Flora, In- 
diana, having taken up the work here Decem- 
ber 1st. On our first Sunday, December Cth, 
a great day had been planned. An all-day 
meeting with a basket dinner in the basb- 
ment; Rally Day, and reception for the pas- 
tor. A fine program had been prepared, the 
pastors of the city invited and everything 
done to make us feel that we were indeed 
welcome to the Flora family. Flora had been 
without a pastor for two months and the ef- 
fect is very noticeable in the attendance of 
the services. However, things are already 
looking up; we are pleased to see the school 
jump up to the two hundred mark and 
one Sunday go to 225. We got our prayer 
meeting organized with twenty out the 
first meeting and thirty the second. 
The iSunday night services have doubled 
since the first night, and we trust will do 
some more doubling before it stops. January 
tenth we will hold our own revival with J. 
Basil Long and wife assisting in song. Evan- 
gelism has not been on the increase in Flora 
during the last few years and we are asking 
that the Brethren remember us daily at the 
throne that the Holy Spirit may overturn 
things here and bring glory to our Lord Jesus. 
Our White Gift Christmas program was a suc- 
cess in every way, the offering will be around 
one hundred dollars for missions. We have 
been visiting at the Brethren's Home each 
iSunday afternoon and bringing the folk there 
a .short inspirational service. We wish that 
every member of our beloved brotherhood 
might visit this home and see what a wonder- 
ful institution it is. We have eight inmates 
at this time and they are as happy as pos- 
sible in this beautiful place. The Superin- 
tendent and Matron arc fine home makers and 
give every attention needed. Well. Brethren, 
again we ask to be remembered and promise 
to report to you anything of interest to our 
church. May the Lord keep us all faithful 
and doing the things he has for us to do. 
Flora. Indiana. FRANCE G. COLEMAN. 



DES MOINES, IOWA 

The Brethren at Des Moines are rejoicing 
today because of the revival just closed. 
Brother B. T. Burnworth came to us Novem- 
ber 2t)th and for three weeks has led us iu 
a great revival. 

Brother Burnworth is a real preacher, 
preaching the old time Gospel that saves, iu 
a way that convinces men that Jesus saves. 

His preaching not only brought many addi- 
tions to the church but he made hundreds of 
friends while here that will be a great help 
to us, and I beUeve he will be called back to 
Des Moines to conduct a union revival some 
time next summer. 

teen young people, and nine children. These 
include three complete families — 4i in all. 

Results — si.x fathers, eleven mothers, eigh- 

This makes us ninety-four active working 
members, besides several who are not very 
active, but we believe that we can bring 
them back to the fold. 

As near as I can tell we lost ten or twelve 
the last year who moved away. 

Brother Burnworth will always be remem- 
bered by the Des Moines people and we pray 
that he can continue as an evangelist as he 
is surely a builder of permanent results. 

W. E. KEMP. 



Monej' makers are in constant danger of 
letting it cost too much. 



DBS MOINES, IOWA 

The pastor has reported the meeting and 
I want to just give you my observations of 
the work there. First I take pardonable 
pride in the fact that just when it looked 
as though they were about to start the work 
in a basement or a little tabernacle or some 
other temporary way, I held out for the pur- 
chase of the present splendid church building 
which was purchased and since has been re- 
decorated within and now is commodious and 
adequate. The location is growing better 
every day, for they are nearer one of the 
great main arteries of traffic in the city, a 
thoroughfare that has been extended and 
widened and makes the church accessible in 
considerably shorter time. From a real estate 
point of view this property is increasing in 
value. But despite all this to establish a 
work in a city of many churches is not easy 
and when Brother Kemp, the present pastor, 
took this work eighteen months ago it really 
was in a state of coma, and the most faith- 
ful were asking, "Is there any hope?" In 
these days of "Isms" people did not know 
what kind of a little crank religious concern 
had sprung up over night there, as the Dutch 
Reform had moved on, then the United 
Brethren, and then the Brethren, and no one 
knew who we were. Well, as Kemp says, he 
told them he was a "foot washing dunkard." 
He had a good meeting last winter which 
he conducted himself. This time I helped him 
and preached one night on the faith and 
practice of the Brethren church, so I think 
we are fairly understood now. All the time 
some new ones were being interested and the 
Sunday school they inherited with the church 
building was growing and when I arrived 
there were the Knipfer children as I had 
known them at Pleasant Grove, grown into 
splendid young men and women and are at 
once the loaders and inspiration of the C. E., 
which takes every prize that the city of Dps 
Moines offers to Endeavorcrs, taking a cup 



while 1 was there for 100% attendance at a 
big mass meeting. These same young people 
comprise the choir, in fact, this is a young 
people 's church, for there is not to my know- 
ledge a single member that can be said to be 
aged. 

Whole families were received in the meet- 
ing reported which added man power and 
mother power by 17 and 27 younger people, 
making a total of 41. It looked at times as 
though we would get more and sometimes as 
though it would be considerably less. In 
twenty years I have never preached to the 
same sized audiences with such good results. 
Among the fine folk that helped us through- 
out the meeting who belonged to other 
churches was Dr. Calkins, a splendid scholar- 
ly retired Methodist preacher, who is an in- 
spiration to every service and whose life is 
ripening into its full fruition. I must not at- 
tempt to enumerate the faithful ones who 
stood by us all the way through, but I love 
them and you can't be there long until you 
know who they are. The Mission Boards 
must not gather by this report that they do 
not longer need your help, in fact, it would 
be nothing short of a calamity to let them 
drift now, but a little while with the same 
progress and we will have a splendid church 
there. I close by saying that the Kemps are 
very popular as pastor and wife and univer- 
sally loved and their biggest work is yet to 
be done. 

We closed the meeting in six inches of 
snow being whipped about in a typical West- 
ern blizzard, but they responded nobly in the 
free will offering for the evangelist, accom- 
panied him to the train, presented him with 
a pair of Pullman slippers and started him 
home happy indeed. I thank my friends at 
Des Moines. 

Masontowu, Pennsylvania next. 

B. T. BURNWORTH, Ashland, Ohio. 



RELIANCE, VIRGINIA 

I want to send again a few lines from the 
Mount Zion church, as some seem to think 
we are dead, but dear Brethren, it is not the 
loudest bell that tolls the greatest death. We 
have nothing to boast of save our Lord Jesus 
Christ. We know we live in the pine hiUs, 
but we know God is no respecter of persons. 
Rich and poor alike must come to him in 
their poverty. 

We are not dead, but it will be only a few 
years until most of our number will be 
counted among the loved ones gone before, 
and there will be only a few of us younger 
cif the older ones to keep the home fires burn- 
ing. We are not able to say what we would 
have done had it not been for the great sac- 
rifice of dear Brother Fogle, w^ho has served 
us for the last eleven years. Then he gave it 
over to Brother Wimor, and then to Bowman. 
In Brother Rinker's death the church suffered 
a hard blow, but it is not dead yet. There 
are forty-seven who have their membership 
on the Mount Zion church roll. We are mak- 
ing a struggle. But now our sick and afflicted 
and widows are being neglected. I think 
there is need for missionary work right here. 

May God's blessing be with us all every- 
where till wo arc called to receive our re- 
ward. Dear Brethren of the Evangelist fam- 
ily, pray for our church that they say is 



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dead, that it may revive, and pray for our 
poor widows, of whom I myself am one. 
POLLIE STEELE, 
Eelianee, Virginia. 



BETHEL CHUKCH, BERNE, INDIANA 

During the IThauksgiving vacation at Ash- 
laud College we had four young men from 
there who labored with us to the honor and 
glory of our Heavenly Father. One of the 
results of this meeting was the winning of 
8 souls to Christ. Our church has a deep 
love for the Gospel Team and oh, how they 
and we did dread the departing hour. You 
may guess that we invited them to come back 
at any time. I think that they were also in- 
strumental in securing a closer relationship 
between the college and us. 

Our Sunday school attendance for the clos- 
ing year will avefage a little better than 111. 
And last year it was a little better than 98. 
Our Thanksgiving offering amounted to $262. 
We gave a Christmas program on Christmas 
Eve which was entitled "God's Gift of 
Love. ' ' I should rather have said it was a 
pageant. Our church will hold the annual 
business meeting on New Year's day, so this 
may be my last report. CLARK SIPE. 



RESOLUTION OF SYMPATHY 
By 

The Board of Trustees of the Brethren's 

Home of Flora, Indiana, on the death of 

Jesse A. Garver, which occurred at 

Dayton, Ohio, December 

29tfli, 1925 

WHEREAS, it has pleased the Almighty to 
remove from our midst by death our esteemed 
brother and co-laborer, Jesse A. Garver, who 
since 1912 has been a member of the Board 
of Trustees of the Brethren's Home, and who 
for so many years has occupied a prominent 
rank in our church, maintaining under all cir- 
cumstances a character untai'nished and a 
reputation above reproach: 

Therefore, Be it resolved, that in the death 
of Brother Garver we have sustained the loss 
of a co-worker, whose fellowship it was an 
honor and a pleasure to enjoy; that we bear 
willing testimony to his many virtues, of his 
unquestioned probity and his fine Christian 
manhood; that we offer to his bereaved fam- 
ily and his friends, over whom sorrow has 
hung her sable mantle, our heart-felt condo- 
lence and pray that the Great Comforter may 
bring speedy relief to their burdened hearts 
and inspire them with the consolations that 
hope in futurity and faith in God give, even 
in the shadow of the tomb. 

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution 
be spread on the minutes of the Brethren's 
Home; that a copy be presented to the be- 
reaved family of our deceased brother and a 
copy be given to the Evangelist for publica- 
tion. Respectfully submitted, 
J. ALLEN MILLER, President. 
ORION E. BOWMAN, Secretary and Atty. 



LIFE AT LANARK 

It has been our purpose for some time to 
broadcast a bit of news to our Evangelist 
friends. Our revival with Dr. Charles A. 
Bame as preacher was a great success. Al- 
though the weather was very bad a part of 



the time and so good at other times that 
corn pickers had to take advantage of it. 
still our crowds were good. Several nights 
the High iSehool attended in a body and the 
cooperation on the part of the High School 
from both i'aculty and students was note- 
worthy. 

Brother Bame was greatly used of the 
Lord in the preaching of his unsearchable 
riches. Brother Bame preaches an uncom- 
promising Gospel. He holds that truth owes 
no apology for its existence and never seeks 
how the Gospel will be received. The preach- 
er of the Word of God is to preach the Gos- 
pel, not necessarily defend it. 

Dr. Bame gave his lecture, "Remaking 
America" before four audiences in or near 
Lanark. It was always received with great 
enthusiasm. 

As a result of our revival twenty have al- 
ready been added to the church by baptism 
and a few others are expected to come by 
the time the writer returns from Springfield 
Center. One important re-consecration of 
life caused great rejoicing on the part of 
those who have prayed diligently for months. 

We have recently purchased a new piano 
for the Christian Endeavor Society which 
will soon begin to make rapid progress. New 
hymn books have also been added to the 
equipment. These last two additions meet 
a real need. 

The pastor is now at Springfield Center, 
Ohio, where he is conducting a series of spe- 
cial meetings for Brother Leslie Lindower. 
More will be said later about thi.-; meeting. 

Lanark, Illinois. 

CHARLES' W. MAYES. 



New York City has eleven fire boats; Chica- 
go has four, and other cities with navigable 
streams have several. These boats, which are 
capable of throwing as much water as tAventy 
fire engines, cost about a quarter of a million 
dollars, but they pay for themselves in the 
damages from fire which they prevent. They 
are equipped with several thousand yards of 
hose, so that they can be used even if the fire 
is several blocks from the shore. 



A Conversational Prompter 

(Continued from pag-e 11) 

expressing our thoughts from thus giving an 
account of ourselves at the family meet. 
When I go to see friends or they visit me, I 
use the same plan, and it work equally well." 
" I '11 surely try it next time I pay a visit, ' ' 
Emily said.— C. E. World. 

THE TIE THAT BINDS 



SHAVER-LICHTY — At the John Lichty 
home in Falls City, Nebraska, on December 
26, 1925, was solemnized the marriage of 
Miss Esta ]\larie Lichty of this place and 
Winnet D. Shaven of Detroit. Michigan. At 
the appointed hour, in the presence of the 
family of the bride and to the strain.<5 of 
Lohengrin's Wedding March, the wedding- 
party entered the spacious parlor of the 
Lichty home, which was tastefully decorated 
with plants and cut flowers for the occasion. 
Being unattended, the g-room took his place 
befor-e the altar, while the bride entered 
upon the a'fm of her eldest brother, Albert E., 
who gave her away. The ring ceremony of 
the Brethren church was used and pastor of 
the bride pronounced them husband and 
wife. 

A reception followed the ceremony in 
which close friends of the fartiily partici- 



pated. After this the happy couple entrained 
tor Detroit, where they will be at home. The 
bride is a talented lady, coaiiing from an ex- 
cellent family, known to the brotherhood, 
bhe IS a graduate from Ashland College, also 
did post graduate work in other schools and 
tor some time was teacher of language in 
Lombardy College. The groom is known as 
corning from the well-known Shaver family 
of Virginia. He spent some time in Ashland 
Co'lfSe and later was connected with the 
Mullen people as a sales manager and now 
holds a similar position with another large 
ni-m. The best wishes of friends go with 
them into their wedded life's journey. 

A. B. COVER, 



IN THE SHADOW 



BAYLES— Dorn Edith Bayles, daughter of 
Lewis and Olive Bayles, was born July 28th 
190(. bhe departed from this life at the 
home of her parents near Roann, Indiana, on 
Decembej- 21st, 1925, aged IS years, 4 mouths 
and 2iJ days. She leaves to mourn because 
ol her departure, a father, a mother, one 
brother — Walter, a sister — Nellie, and other 
relatives and with these a host of friends 

Miss Bayles united with the Brethren 
church at Roann on Wednesday evening De- 
cember 16th. At that time she seemed to be 
enjoying the best of health, and was much 
elated over her noble decision. She became 
111 on Friday, December ISth while in the 
school room. Miss Bayles was a leader in 
her class worik. This was her last year in 
high school and she was joyously looking 
forward to her graduation in the spring 
1 rom our .midst has been taken one who was 
loved and held high in esteem by all who 
knew her. 

The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon 
u ^ S clock in the Enterprise Brethren 
church Elder Orra C. Lemert, assisted by 
Elder Geo. Swihart officiating. 

RINKER — ^Mary Susan Rinker went to her 
eternal rest December 3rd, 1925 aged 64 
years, 7 months and 20 days. She was the 
widow of the late Jacob C. Rinker who pre- 
ceded her just 77 days. The writer preached 
her funeral on Sunday, December 6th, in the 
Mt. Zion Brethren church. Reliance. Virginia 
Text: John 13:36— "Whither I go, thou canst 
not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me 
afterwards." Her Body was laid to rest be- 
side the newly made grave of her husband. 
Ihe church was again full of loving and 
sympathizing friends to share their loss with 
her ten dear children and twelve grandchil- 
dren, three sisters and three brothers. She 
was a faithful wife and mother, and a sister 
in the church to the end. And we beg all 
her loved ones to prepare to meet father and 
mother Rinker some sweet day when life is 
oven s. P. FOGLE. 

.^THOMAS— Mary C. Dillon was born near 
Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, March 28, 1850 
daughter of Andrew and Sarah Dillon, and 
one ol a family of eleven children, of whom 
one brother and four sisters remain. 

Mary C. Dillon and Samuel Thomas were 
united in marriage on April 13, 1S69. To this 
union SIX children were born. The marital 
relations were broken by the death of Sam- 
uel Thomas on August 2, 1S98. Two daugh- 
ters and a son also preceded the mother in 
death. 

Early in life Mary Dillon united with the 
Evangelical church ,and at the time of the 
organization of the First Brethren church 
of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, she cast her 
lot with the Brethren. Her interests were 
broader than merely the confines of her own 
honne or church, and her passing will leave a 
void 111 the life of the community. 

The translation from scenes terrestrial to 
joys celestial came on Tuesday morning No- 
vember 3, 1925, at the age of 75 years. 7 
months and 5 days, bringing to a close the 
earthly pilgrimage of a life marked bv con- 
tinued interest and thoughtfulness fo'r the 
welfare ol others. One son, two daughters, 
32 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren 
remain to cherish the memory of an unselfish 
and kindly loved one. 

Funeral obsequies were conducted at the 
First Brethren church of Mt. Pleasant on No- 
vember 5, in the presence of an audience 
that filled the building, which betokened the 
esteem in which she was held by those who 
knew her best. Assistance in the services 
was given by Elder A. J. Beeghly, pastor of 
the local Church of the Brethren and the 
body was laid to rest in Greenlick cemeterv 
beside that of her husband to await the 
Master's summons. Services were in charge 
of the undersigned by request in the absence 
of Elder H. S. Myers, who was detained by 
illness. DYOLL BEDOTE. 

MAUST — Elias A. Maust departed this life 
July 24, 1925. Brother Maust was one of the. 
pioneer settlers in this section, as well as 
one of our members of the Falls City Brptb- 
ren church. He was a Pennsylvaiiian " by 
birth, being born, reared and married nea'i' 
Meyersdale. With many others he came to 



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seek his fortune in tlie West. He took up 
land and engaged in farming for many years. 
Later he entered the elevator business which 
developed into a large buiness. He was a 
regular and consistent member of the Breth- 
ren churcli. During the writer's pastorate, 
he would fix-quently come into the home ana 
talk over Interests pei'taining to the church 
and also we would talk of people and scenes 
in old l^ennsylvania, the writer's native state. 
He was preceded in death by his taithlul 
companion by several .years. He leaves two 
sons. Albert and Irwin, both of this place. 
Funeral services by his pastor, the writer, 
from the church. His body was laid to rest 
in the Silve'i- Creek cemetery. „„,^„„ 

A. B. COv JiiK. 

FRICKEU — William Oscar Fricker was 
born May lath, 1S511, in Wheeling, West Vir- 
ginia, and peacefully departed this life, at 
his home, I'ort Scolt, Kansas, on Tuesday 
morning, December 15th, 1025, at the age of 
G9 years, 7 months and two days. 

He had been in failing health for some 
years and his condition had been critical tor 
some weeks. The writer had the pleasure of 
baptizing him into the Brethren Mission ot 
this city on August llith, 190S. he being the 
ti'i'st one baptized into this church. 

A tew days before he died he told me that 
he was still in the faith of the whole gospel, 
which I had preached to him many years ago. 

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Clemmie 
Fricker, and three sons, — W. O., Junior, of 
Ennis, Texas; Edward T., of Monett, Mis- 
souri; and Henry G., at home; also two 
daughters. L,ucy, at home, and Mrs. R. C. 
Send of Warren, Ohio. One son preceded 
him by several years, and the writer was 
with the family at that time also. 

No one who knew Brother Fricker would 
uuestion his faith in Christ, nor the serious- 
ness with which he received the Bible. The 
funeral was conducted from the Brethren 
church of Fort Scott, Kansas, on Decembt-r 
17th, by the writer. Many beautiful floral 
offerings were made, and the body was laid 
to rest in the Lath Branch Cemetery. 

L. G. WOOD. 

POX — John M, Fox, son of Jacob J. and 
Sarah Jane (Dillman) Fox, was born in 
Miami Countv, Indiana, September 27th, 1858. 
He departed this life at the Central Hospital 
in Indianapolis, Indiana, December ICth. 1925. 
Deing U7 years, 3 months and 11 days old. He 
was united in marriage September 17th, 18S0. 
to Barbara Ellen Cunningham. This loving 
companion preceded him in death November 
9th. 1924. His entire life vvas spent in Miami 
County, with the exception of nine years in 
which time he was engaged in the ministry 
of the Gospel. Having felt the call ot God 
at the time death entered their home to claim 
a two-year-old son, Andrew Jacob, who died 
in 1893. He was a charter member of the 
Loree Brethren chui'ch and helped to organ- 
ize and establish the First Brethren church 
in Loree and was one of its few remaining 
charter members. He was always active and 
interested in the welfare and progress of this 
cause and was ever willing to sacrifice for 
its advancement. Remaining in the Faith 
until death 'released his spirit. He is survived 
by the following children — Lloyd A., of Mon- 
rovia, California; Mi-s. Walter A. Gable Oi 
Miami County; Carl E., of Cass County; Dan- 
iel A., and Charles E., of Kokonio. Indiana. 
Also the following brothers and sisters, 
George, of Charleston, Mississippi; David ol 
Sacramento, California; Martha Meyers and 
Elizabeth Soatabier of Peru, Indiana, besides 
other relatives and friends. 

C. A. STEWART.' 



Business Manager's Corner 



The Holiday Rush 

The anuual n>c.urrencc of the Christmas 
season is a delight to the cliildreii, but it is 
douhtful if gi'own folks look forward to its 
return with anything like glad anticipation. 

The Christmas idea has been commcrcial- 
izx'd by the business world to the extent that 
its religious significance has been almost en- 
tirely obliterated. The question is not, How 
much has the spirit of Christ been mani- 
fested'? but, How has this Christmas trade 
compared -with the trade of last year? 

One may not bo able to determine whether 
the spirit of rush that prevails during the 
pre-Christmas days is contagious or infectious, 
but every one knows it is catching. IThe 
churches, iSunday schools, etc., catch this 
spirit and it is passed along until it reaches 



even the publishing houses of the churches. 

'Our usual rush came on with full force, and 
in our endeavors to get all orders for Sun- 
day school supplies liUed before Christmas we 
were obliged to neglect some of the other 
features of our work. 

The mailing list of the Evangelist had to 
be neglected for a few weeks, because there 
are not enough of us to do everything at the 
same time; but by neglecting this among 
other things, we were able to get EVERY or- 
der for Sunday school supplies that was re- 
ceived in regular form filled and in the mails 
the day before Christmas. 

We hope they were all received in good 
time for use, and now we are devoting our 
time to catching up with the mailing list ot 
the Evangelist. As there are not sufficient 
hours during the day to do this we are com- 
ing back to our office in the evening and 
working late into the night to try to catch 
up. 

We trust those who have sent in their re- 
newals and also lists of new subscribers will 
be patient with us and give us an opportunity 
to get the new year started off in good order. 

We have received a number of renewals 
from our Honor EoU churches, but we will 
not take time to mention them individually 
just now. 

A Great Day Coming 

There are many great days in the life of 
a church, some are greater or of more im- 
portance than others. It might be considered 
presumptuous if I were to designate one cer- 
tain day as the greatest day in the year for 
the Brethren church, but I do not believe I 
will need to pray the prayer, ' ' Keep back thy 
servant from presumptuous sins, " if I say 
the greatest day in the year for The Breth- 
ren Publishing Company is PUBLICATION 
DAY, the one day when all the churches are 
given the opportunity to help the company 
pay for the building purchased a few years 
ago. 

A Special Niunber 

Next week we expect to get out a special 
number of the Evangelist to make an urgent 
appeal for this offering which is to be taken 
on Sunday, January twenty-fourth, for this 
purpose. Our readers will find a special slip, 
or supplement, included with this week's 
paper, and v/e would like to have each read- 
er consider this matter both carefully and 
prayerfully. 

If you will think over this matter and then 
really pray over it we are not worried about 
the results. For wo know that when people 
pray they also PAY toward the support of 
such causes. 

We do not want to make this communica- 
tion too long, as we want to have you willing 
to give more heed to the things others, as 
well as myself, will have to say in next 
week's paper. E. E. TEETEE, 

Business Manager. 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



NOT'ICE 

The Foreign Missionary Society has re- 
served a limited number of a recent issue of 



"THE MISSIONARY REVIEW OF THE 
WORLD", which is a special number on 
South America. Pastors needing material for 
their Easter sermons will find this invaluable. 
A copy will be mailed free to anyone who will 
immediately send name and address to Miss 
A. B. Longaker, Office Secretary, 1925 E. 
Fifth Street, Long Beach, Calinfornia. 



TRACT PROMOTION 
CORNER 



Propagate the Gospel 
By Use of (he Printed Page 




"Making the Grade" 

In the early days of the auto it was com- 
mon to see cars stalled part way up a steep 
hill. They were able to make the easy grades 
but not so the hard and steep ones. 

Most of us are like those cars. Occasion- 
ally, if not often, we find ourselves at the 
foot of the steepest grade and no courage to 
go on. 

There is no common cause for this failure 
of our spirits. In the case of some, it may 
be hard work. In the case of others, sick- 
ness or age, or disappointment, or trying cir- 
cumstances. We hesitate before the steepest 
part of the grade for various reasons. 

But there is a common remedy for this hes- 
itation. What all of us need is a religious 
faith. We need to remember that we can do 
all things through Christ. Take the printed 
message to some unsaved person, to a shut-in, 
and in helping others over the grade, you help 
yourself along the rugged way of life. 

E. F. PORTE, 
Director of Tract Publicity. 



BRETHREN TRACTS 

The Flea of the Fathegrs — ^Does It TKeeA Se- 

vlsion? (16 pp.) by G. W. .tfench, per 

dozen, 25 cents. 
Baptism, (8 pp.) by Gillln, per 100, 50 cents. 
Our Lord's Last Supper — ^A Ne-w Testament 

Ordinance, (16 pp.) by J. L. Kimmel, per 

dozen, 25 cents. 
Feet Washing A Church Ordinance, (4 pp.) 

by Gillln, per 100, 35 cents. 
The Ne-w Testament Teaching of the Lord's 

Supper, (6 pp.) by Bench, per 100, 45 

cents. 

Doctrinal Statements, (52 pp) by Miller, per 

dozen 75 cents, single copies 10 cents. 
Some Fundamental Chiistian Doctrines, by J. 
.M. Tombaugh, 25 cents post paid. 
These are well written doctrinal tracts, 
concise and to the point. Every Brethren 
ch'rch should have a liberal supply for dis- 
tribution among prospective members and 
also among ntany who are already members 
of the church, but who have no clear idea 
of the peculiar doctrinal teaching of the 
Brethren. 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING CO., 

Ashland, Ohio. 



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Berlin, Pa, 



Volume XLVIII 
Number 2 



January 13, 
1926 




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An Old Relic Still in Operation 

Below is the old hand press on which H. R. Holsinger 
printed "The Progressive Christian", at Berlin, Pa., in 
the later "seventies" and early "eighties". 




This old relic which played a prominent role in other 
early publishing ventures of our church, is now being 
used every working day to take proofs of "The Evange- 
list" and other publications. Compare this with our 
modern presses illustrated on pages four and five. 



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Our Church began with the Press; it must go forward with it. 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JANUARY 13, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

OEficial Or^an oE the Brethren Church 

Piiblishod weekly by tlie Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio, at $2.00 per year in advance. 



Georie S. Baer, 
R. R. Teeter, 



Editor 
Business Manager 



Entered at the Post Office at Ashland, Ohio, as second class 
matter. Accoptanr-e for mailing at sjieeial rate of postage provided 
for in section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized September 
9, 1918. 



IN THIS NUMBER 

God-Confidonce for the New Year — Editor, 2 

That Publication Day Offering — Editor, 2 

Editorial Ivoview, 3 

How Jlake Your Money Talk— W. S. Bell, ,. . 4 

The Press and the Church — R. F. Porte, 4 

Free Our Publishing House of Debt — A. B. Cover, 5 

Brethrenism and Modern Religious Demands — W. E. Ronk, ... 6 

Uncommon Christians — A. E. Thomas, , 7 

Giving — Margaret iShearer, S 

Our Worship Program — Editor, 9 

Sunday School Lesson Notes — Editor, 10 

White Gift Offerings— irartin Shively, 10 

Christian Endeavor and Missions — Grace Yoder, 11 

Junior Endeavor Notes. .Virginia Haun, 11 

Taking the Gospel to the Jew.s — Ella Saylor, 12 

News from the Field, 13-16 

Business Manager 's Corner — R. R. Teeter, IC 

Tract Corner— R-. F. Porte, 16 



EDITORIAL 



H 



A God-Confidence for the New Year 

We would like to suggest that the proper spirit in which to 
engage the work of the new year is that of dependence upon God. 
We would like to emphasize it and say that such a spirit of de- 
pendence should be very pronounced, that it should be the outstand- 
ing characteristic of our lives, that we should realize that of our- 
selves we can do nothing. Few things are more important to those 
who believe in the almightiness of God and in the accomplishing 
power of praj'er than just that, for it is only when we are made 
conscious of human impotence and inability that we are brought to 
rely upon the inexhaustible resources of divine strength and wisdom. 

We almost feared at first to put forward such an emphasis, lest 
some one should grasp at the idea of dependence, and allow it to in- 
stil the spirit of weakness and helplessness into his life. Such a 
spirit is a positive injury and has proven the dead weight to many 
a soul that otherwise had much of latent power and promise. We 
would not purposely say a thing that would pre-disose any one to a 
fearful, hopeless, fatalistic attitude toward the tasks and oppositions 
of life. Too much harm has been wrought by it. Many an under- 
taking has failed for the want of earnest, honest, determined effort; 
many a life has been unsuccessful and has ended in disappointment 
and defeat because of a lack of faith in the power of achievement; 
many a battle against the antagonistic forces of sin has been lost 
because of the creeping into the heart of a paralyzing fear that 
fdled the soul with despair and destroyed the power of resistance. 
Every day witnesses a sad and needless waste of talent and oppor- 
tunities, and even of life itself, because so many people are accus- 
tomd to weakly submitting to surmountable obstacles, and to enter- 
taining a feeling that man is the helpless victim of blind fate. This 
feeble, ineffective, helpless attitude is an enemy to the best and 
noblest in life. We need more of the spirit of confidence and 
strength, more of hope and courage, more of high purpose and dar- 
ing. 

But our confidence as Christians should not be in ourselves, but 
in God. And just here has been our weakness, and very often it 
has been the secret of our failures — we have placed too much confi- 
dence in self. And the leadership of a group is even more suscep- 
tible to this prevailing human weakness than the less assertive rank 
and file. How prone we are to be conceited, vain, proud, boasters. 



flatterers of self, depending on our own wit and wisdom, our own 
strength and purpose, our own talents and skill! This exaltation of 
self is constantly resulting in our undoing, and yet we persist in it. 
How slowly and unwillingly we learn the lesson of human insuffi- 
ciency and the non-dependability of carnal nature! If we were wise 
and believing we would not need to pass through the disappointing 
experience in order to learn the lesson, for we have preserved for our 
in.struction the experience of Paul, who said, "For I know that in 
me (that is, in my flesh) dwelTeth no good thing; for to will is pres- 
ent with me, but how to perform that which is good I find not." 
But when he turned his eyes off of self, the truth dawned upon him 
and he shouted with ecstatic joy, ' ' I thank God through Jesus Christ 
our Lord!" Whatever the hardship or duty that faced him he was 
able to say, "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth 
me." And that assurance never left him. "I know whom I have 
believed," said he, "and am persuaded that he is able to keep that 
which I have committed unto him against that day." In the face 
of such a testimony, how foolish are we, that we should place such 
confidence in self and be so proud of our own powers and attain- 
ments! 

In theory we believe in and trust the power of the Lord Jesus, 
and give him the glory, but in practice we fall far too often into 
the error of the Unitarians whose teachings we vigorously criticise 
for their exaltation of "human responsibility for human salvation; 
the control of human destiny by human agencies; and the direction 
of the human future by human hands." They give no place in their 
thinking to a divine Savior, but boldly declare, as did Dr. Horace 
Westwood of Toledo, last September at the fifth annual convention 
of the Unitarian Layman's League, held at Lenox, Massachusetts, 
that "Salvation is the gift of God only in so far as the powers that 
are within men are divine gifts." Continuing with his bombastic 
glorification of self-sufficiency, he said, "We must declare to a world 
that to a large extent has lost faith in the human spirit, the com- 
plete adequacy of human powers to meet human needs." Such 
statements stir our hearts to vigorous protests, accustomed as we 
are to the most orthodox teachings concerning the jierson and work 
of Christ, and as weU, concerning man's lost condition. Notwith- 
standing the correctness of our thinking, how genuine are we in our 
practice? How truly and faithfully do we depend on him? How 
conscious and certain are we that we can do nothing of ourselves, 
that in him we live and move and have our being, that by his grace 
alone are we saved and sustained and only by the indwelling power 
of the Holy Spirit are we empowered for service? Is our trust in 
him, or in our proud selves. 

'To be wholly dependent upon God does not mean that we are 
released from resopnsibility. Let not this teaching deceive us on 
that point, nor cause us to feel ourselves excused from all effort. We 
are not to sit idly and lazily by waiting for God to bring his spir- 
itual victories before us all done and served up on a platter. God 
expects and requires human cooperation. We are to be workers to- 
gether with him. And the two ideas are not incompatible — ^God-de- 
pendence and human responsibility. In the building of his great 
spiritual kingdom, we are indeed God's fellow-workmen, and he holds 
each one of us personally responsible for the doing of the tasks 
assigned to us. And we must not expect him to do for us in some 
miraculous way what we can by a little eft'ort do for ourselves. We 
are his fellow-workmen, and workmen are to work. We are stewards 
of the manifold grace of God, and "it is required of a steward that 
a man be found faithful." But the planning and direction are his; 
he is the Master Builder. He knows and he has the power and the 
resources. We can do nothing without him; we are wholly depend- 
ent upon him. Let us realize it. 



That Publication Day Offering 

If you have kept up with the calendar for the church year, you 
are now ready to make plans for a generous offering for the Publish- 
ing House to apply on the debt we owe on the building in which we 
do our work. The date for the offering is set for the fourth Sunday 
in January and it is hoped that it will be widelj' observed. In fact, 
every church in the brotherhood is under lasting obligation to their 
Publishing House and it ought to be looked upon as a privilege to 
show fitting gratitude for the inestimable service which it has been 



JANUARY 13, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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rendering through the years. Don't let the time pass without doing 
\That you can. If you should find it inconvenient to take the offer- 
ing on the Fourth Sunday, the last Sunday, or even a later one, will 
do. But do not fail to do something, as soon, as you can. 

A number of the members of the Publication Board make appeal 
in this issue for your support and it is hoped that you will read 
every message in a prayerful, interested spirit. ?The one thing we 
wish to emphasize, and which we have said again and again, is that 
a satisfactory church literature cannot be made for a constituency the 
size of ours without a subsidy or an endowment. It is difficult to 
find among the larger denominations a publishing house that is mak- 
ing any moiiey on its own periodicals alone, and even the strongest 
of them would soon go bankrupt if they were wholly dependent upon 
the receipts from the sale of their own publications. This is no ex- 
aggeration. Practically all the church publishing houses have great 
buildings which they own, largely through the church 's generosity, 
a large commercial printing trade and a book business, and in ad- 
dition, many of the churches make large annual contributions to meet 
the deficits that have mounted up on certain publications. Church 
papers are never self-supporting, at least, in our investigations we 
have never discovered one such. And yet no church will attempt to 
get on without one or more church papers, nor without at least one 
publishing house, and a whole line of Sunday school literature. In 
addition to these, they insist on having their own distinctive books 
and tracts, many of which are published at a loss. But they will 
not do without the service that is thereby rendered to their brother- 
hoods. They are putting vast sums into printing equipment and the 
creation of literature each year, and they do it gladly. They do not 
consider money wasted that goes into the printed page, for by means 
of it, they in large measure have become what they are. 

It is interesting to note that on the whole the size of a denom- 
ination can be fairly accurately determined by the building of pub- 
lishing houses and church literature. Wherever a church or other re- 
ligious institution has flourished, invariably we have found that 
large attention has been given to the printing of the sacred page. 

Three facts ought to cause us to become awakened to our re- 
sponsibility to an institution that has been all too widely neglected. 
Some have had eyes to see the need, and have responded generously, 
but many others have not. The Publishing House is not asking for 
a "donation," but for a chance to serve the brotherhood in a larger 
way and to make possible a larger growth of our beloved fraternity. 
The appeal is not made on behalf of any man or group of men, who 
are particularly interested in the advancement of our publishing in- 
terests, but on behalf of the larger future of our denomination. The 
Publication Day offering is as vital as that, and every one who has 
caught the vision can hardly explain away any neglect to do what 
he can to encourage generous and wide-spread giving to this most 
vital institution. Eemember, pray and talk for Publication Day, and 
let the spirit of God lead you in making your personal gift. 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Is some one waiting for you to give them the key? Read the 
Tract Corner. 

The Business Manager unites his voice with the rest in behalf 
of the Publication Day Offering. Read what he saj's on page IG. 

Dr. C. A. Bame, pastor of the Ashland church, recently left for 
an evangelistic campaign in the Third church of Johnstown, Penn- 
sylvania. 

Dr. E. E. Jacobs, president of Ashland College, gives us another 
installment of interesting news items concerning men and events con- 
nected with the college. 

'Our readers will appreciate the interesting account of the expe- 
rience of one of our Portis, Kansas girls in mission work among the 
Jews in Los Angeles, found on Mission page. 

Brother Homer Anderson, who is in charge of the church near 
Mulvane, Kansas, reports the work there in a favorable condition. It 
seems evident that some of his good parishioners are determined to 
see to it that their pastor and family do not go hungry. 



The conceited man is never a successful preacher of the Gospel, 
however great an orator he may be. 

Some one says, "A true gem remains a gem even when it Is 
dropped into the mud." Very true, but he must wash his hands who 
goes into the mud after it. 

Brother J. Wesley Piatt, pastor of our Manteca, California, 
church has been reappointed post master of his thriving little city, 
as you will notice by the clipping from his town paper. 

The material in behalf of Publication Day takes the place of 
the "leading article" this week and Brother Tay's second article on 
•'Walks and Talks in the Holy Land" was crowded out, but will 
appear next week. 

Some one wonders why so many church members who have been 
successful business men are so ready with valuable suggestions at a 
business men's club but are like "Simple iSimon" at a church busi- 
ness meeting. In some cases it may be that they have stocked up 
with methods thai would not square with church ideals. 

Dr. Martin Shively, treasurer of the National Sunday {School As- 
sociation, gives a White Gift offering report that is quite encour- 
aging. Some schools and churches have done exceedingly well. How- 
ever the goal lacks considerable of being covered, and it is important 
that many more good reports shall be made. Send your report as 
promptly as possible. 

Brother Hugh C. Marlin, who was recently ordained to the min- 
istry and elected to the pastorate of the Pleasant Hill, Ohio, church, 
is proving himself a hard-working pastor. This is necessarily so, be- 
cause in addition to his pastoral duties, he is publishing a daily paper 
at Covington nearby. The work is holding up nicely under his lead- 
ership. A number of interesting and successful events are reported. 

Brother B. H. Flora, always hard at work, finds plenty to do in 
the three churches which he is seeking to serve, and in all of them 
he finds reason for encouragement. Hard work always produces re- 
sults, and is somewhat contagious. New Paris has a habit of doing 
things in a fine way and is noted for its generous giving. Brother 
J. L. Kimmel recently conducted a revival at this place. Ardmore is 
also an active and loyal peoj^le and is said to have a very fine out- 
look as a congregation. Dutchtown, a country church, he thinks, 
though neglected, is a field of some promise. 

It has been a long time since we heard from Brother E. B. 
Shaver, the pioneer minister of the Varginia valley, and who is 
more than eighty years young and active in the ministry, but he 
favors us v.ith a brief message in this issue. He is pastor of the 
country congregation near Bethlehem, Virginia and is leading these 
people forward with the vigor of a young man. The church house 
was recently enlarged to make more adequate provision for the Sun- 
day school and the entire cost of $3,000, was paid before dedication. 

Our correspondent from the church at La Verne, California, re- 
ports pastor and people both busy for the Lord. Brother Tay, aside 
from his work for his own congregation, finds time to assist in 
Christian Endeavor rallies and other general work, from which some 
splendid virtual results are tabulated. The church is showing excel- 
lent signs of growth in various ways. In this letter we have the 
first public announcement of the approaching wedding of two of our 
splendid young people in the African mission force — Chauncy iSheldon, 
whose home church is La Verne, and Miss Hatie Cope, a graduate 
of Ashland College. 

Brother Charles H. Ashman, pastor of the First church of Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania, reports a most successful evangelistic campaign 
in his church with Dr. W. S. Bell, of Dayton, Ohio, as the evangelist. 
Long and thorough preparation for the campaign was had, during 
which time eighteen souls made the confession, largely through the 
instrumentality of the work of "The Seventy," a company of vol- 
unteer personal workers. During the campaign proper fifty-one con- 
fessions were received. Fifty-six new members have been added to 
the church. All departments of the work are moving forward in 

splendid style. AshsSHQ Thsolcglcal library 

Ashland, Ohio 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JANUARY 13, 1926 



GENERAL ARTICLES 



How to Make Your Money Talk 

By Dr. W. S. Bell, President Publication Board 



This is not a figuratiA'e statement, but a literal trath. I 
want to take just a few minutes of your time to show you 
how it is done. The great spokesman for our church is THE 
BRETHREN EVANGELIST, which is supplemented by our 
Sunday School Literature and other publications. In order 
for these to function we must have a building in which to 
house them. We must have machinery in the way of pub- 
lishing equipment. We must have paper, type, ink, man- 
agement, editors, printers and helpers. THESE THINGS 
AND THE MEN TO MAN THE HOUSE REQUIRE 
MONEY. 

The Brethren Evangelist caii'ies the message of the 
church to thousands of our homes. Our Sunday School lit- 
erature carries the message of God's Word to thousands of 
children, youth and adults. Our tracts take the message of 
the Gospel to thousands who are in need of it. THE BRETH- 
REN PUBLISHING HOUSE IS A TALKING AND 
PREACHING BUSINESS. IT TAKES MONEY TO RUN 
IT AND THE MONEY INVESTED IN IT SIMPLY 
TALKS AND TELLS THE MESSAGE OF A REDEEMING 
LORD AND HERALDS THE GLAD TIDINGS OF THE 
GOSPEL OP THE SON OF GOD. i^ERY DOLLAR YOU 
INVEST IS THE PUBLISHING HOUSE IS GOING TO 
TALK. 

WHAT HAS BEEN DONE IS MARVELOUS 

We have today a modernly equipped Publishing House 
and produce work that is creditable to any of the publish- 
ing houses of our size. With practically old and broken 
down machinery ten years ago, under the able management 
of R. R. Teeter and his worthy helpers the present plant 
has been the result. We have struggled along, making 
every dollar reach the farthest possible. Many of our men 
have been under-paid and it has been the next thing to 
' ' making brick without straw " ; as we have not burdened 
the church at large for aid. We have stepped aside for the 
other interests of the church, not because we had to, neither 
did we feel that the Publishing House was of secondary 
importance (for it is of first importance). We simply did 
this because we figured we could get through and give other 
interests that had more pressing needs the field. 



A PLAIN SIMPLE DUTY 

We are not begging, or coaxing for money, but we do 
feel that every church in the brotherhood should feel chrty 
bound to help pay off the debt on our building. Not in a 
way that is burdensome, but by giving THE MEMBERS AN 
OPPORTUNITY TO MAKE A FREE WILL OFFERING 
ON PUBLICATION DAY, JANUARY 24, 1926 FOR THIS 
PURPOSE. 

We have a building that is approximately worth $50,- 
000.00 with about $16,000.00 indebtedness. We are not ask- 
ing for money to run the business, Irat TO PAY OFF THE 
DEBT. EVERY DOLLAR GIVEN ON PUBLICATION 
DAY WILL BE APPLIED TO THE DEBT. 

DO YOU KNOW? 

Do you know that we publish the Evangelist at a 
financial loss on account of our small subscription"? 

Do you know what it would mean to us as a church, if 
we had no publication house? 

Do you appreciate the sacrifice made by our men in past 
years in giving to us a church literature, receiving in return 
smaller salaries than most of our ministers ? 

Do you know the greatest agency and power in the 
church today is the printed paget 

LET YOUR MONEY TALK OX PUBLICATION DAY 
AND TELL YOUR INTEREST IN THIS GREAT INSTITU- 
TION. LET NO PASTOR FAIL TO PRESENT THIS MAT- 
TER TO YOUR CONGREGATION AND GIVE YOUR PEO- 
PLE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE IN THIS WORK. 

Dayton, Ohio. 



The Press and the Church 

By R. F. Forte, Member Publication Board 

There are two indispensible institutions connected with 
a forward moving church; they are, the college and the 
publishing interests. The college is the institution to call 
forth and develop the talents and powers of our people and 




Front View of Composing Room and Press Room 



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Our Presses 

Thif illustration represents our two 
Babcock Optimus, two revolution cylin- 
der presses, carrying nine and eleven 
rollers respectively. 

These presses were both purchased 
since wo moved into our new building, 
being necessary to care for the class of 
work we have been called upon to do. 
They are both fully paid for and are in 
no wise connected with the appeal we 
are making for funds to clear up the in- 
debtedness on the building, except to 
demonstrate the progress the Publishing 
House can make when once this indebt- 
edness is lifted. 



Rear View of Press Room 



the publishing interests are the broadcasting influences of 
those trained men and women. The press is vitally related 
to the pen. It is unthinkable that we should do without the 
printed page. The church without a successful publishing 
liouse is a slow growing church. The press is the agent of 
progress and development and whoever has anytliing worth 
teaching the world must turn to the service of the press. 

It has been the duty of the writer of this article to stim- 
ulate among our people greater interest in the use of Breth- 
ren tracts as a vehicle to the spread of our plea and ' doc- 
trine. How can this work be done without the press? It 
could not be done in a way to meet i^resent needs. We can- 
not do without our own press as a church. Without it we 
would be as efficient as a person deprived of speech trying 
to communicate through another person. There is nothing 
which adds to our success in spreading our teaching as hav- 
ing our o^vn well equipped Publishing House. 

If the foregoing be true it Ijecomes necessary for the 
church to provide a proj^er publishing plant. This has been 
done but the job is not quite finished. There is a debt which 
we can soon raise if each one gives a dollar on next January 
24. I challenge anyone to try to estimate the good, the in- 
creased good, ouv Publishing Company can do in preparing 
the Brethren tracts we wish published and distributed. A 
very tidy sum is annually taken out of the earnings of this 
company to pay interest. Brethren, if you help pay the re- 
maining indebtedness on our Publishing Home we will be 
alile to use a liberal portion of the profits for bettei- equip- 
ment and more tract printing and distribution. What you 
give in this next Publishing Day Offering is not a gift but 
an investment in a better Publisliing Company. The church 
will receive more than she gives to this growing institution. 
This ob.stacle of indebtedness must be removed and the in- 
terest money used for definite publishing work. 

The Brethren people have reason to be proud of this 
fine home for our Publisliing Company. I hear someone say- 
ing, "Why did the Publishing Company buy this building 
and go in debt"? It has been said that the building and the 
location is not an asset to better printing. In the first place 
I wish to call the attention of the Brethren to the two fine 
new publishing houses built by two denominations within a 
few blocks of the business section and high rent section of 
Dayton. Why did not these two denominations referred to. 
build their publishing houses in some out-of-way place where 
it v.-ould be cheaper? Do business men locate in an expen- 
sive locality merely for the sake of paying high rent? The 
policy of our company is sound. The purchase of this pub- 
lishing bitilding was a business dealing of sound judgment. 
The Brethren should be proud of what we have and help pay 
for it as other churches have done. The present location 



and building furnishes convenience to trade, transportation 
and the office help and editorial staff. 

In conclusion I wish to appeal to our people for a 
friendly attitude toward our Publishing Company. It is an 
institution of the church. It is an asset and not a liability. 
The removal of the debt will simply mean that profits now 
spent for interest will be spent for the good of the Breth- 
ren church. The sooner you pay the debt on your Publish- 
ing House the sooner your Publishing House will be able 
to pay a liberal dividend back to your church. On January 
24 the Brethren Church can do a great piece of work for a 
greater Brethren Church by helping to free the Brethren 
Publishing Company home from debt. Now let's do it. 

Louisville, Ohio. 



Free Our Publishing House of Debt 

A Message to the Mid-West District Churches 
By A. B. Cover 

We as members of the Brethren church, enjoy and ap- 
preciate the excellent contribution tlie Publishing Company 
is constantly making to the successful development of our 
church. In every department of our work we are aided by 
the printed matter from our iDul)lishers. The plant has 
grown from a straggling little affair to the present well 
equipped and adequately housed Brethren Publishing Com- 
pany. We are proud of the achievement. Our literature is 
constantly improving and has reached the place where we 
compare favorably with larger denominations. But general 
advancement in the various lines of activity, demands of the 
church a like advancement. So we IVRTST expand the effi- 
ciency of the interest which records our advancement. May 
it be our slogan that we place this, OUE PUBLISHING 
COMPANY, on an adequate basis. We can do this by lift- 
ing the indebtedness on the building. So may the need of 
this make its appeal to you in terms strong enough, that we 
fi-ee the Publishing House from this burden. May we real- 
ize that the interest money paid upon the indebtedness 
would help materially in improving the quality of the work 
as well as aid in securing the publishing of books that would 
illumine the pathway of Brethrenism and make for exten- 
.sion in the Lord's kingdom. 

May we take as seriously this debt as though it were 
personal. In the real sense it is, for the Publishing Com- 
pany is OURS. So brethren, let us take advantage of this 
oppoi'tunity that comes to us on Publication Day and make 
possible the raising of the encumbrance upon the excellent 
building and make it all our pwn. Will we do it? 

Falls City, Nebraska. 



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Brethrenism and Modern Religious Demands 

By Willis E. Ronk 

(Address delivered at Ohio Conference, Smithville, and voted by that assembly to be published 
in THE EVANGELIST. Published in parts. Part II) 



Let us give our attention next to Brethren Doctrine. 
Here we have been exceedingly slow in defining our posi- 
tion. And there is a sense in which this is the correct atti- 
tude. An interpretation of the Bible must be, (in a broad 
way) inferior to the Bible itself. The changing years will 
bring changing conditions and changing interpretations; so 
the next generation — if a choice is to be made — would bet- 
ter have the AYhole Bible than our views of the Bible. But 
will there be a coming generation of Brethren? It certainly 
must be evident, that if there is no defining of our doctrinal 
position ; there will be a gradual disintegration of our forces 
and we will certainly be "A Disappearing Brotherhood." If 
our only distinctive claim is that we refuse to define our 
position; then our claim is our weakness. If any of our 
churches want to give up Feetwashing and the Lord's Sup- 
per or want to receive members by single Immersion, who 
dares to object ? There are other denominations, who have 
as their Plea, " The Bible, The AVhole Bible and Nothing 
But the Bible," or one very closely related thereto. Does 
not the battle cry for another denomination for the year 
sound strangely familiar? "The Whole Bible for the AVhole 
Cliureh for the Wliole AVorld." There are other preachers 
who can say quite as glibly as Brethren preachers, "The Bi- 
ble is our sole rule in faith and practice," and yet in si^ite of 
all of this — , their beliefs and practices are not what we 
have been accustomed to tliiulc of as Brethren. They do not 
practice Triune Immersion, or observe the ordinances of 
Feetwashing and the Lord's Supper. From this it will be 
seen that our Plea must mean more to us than to others. 
Then we must say what that MORE is. In other words we 
must define our doctrinal position. To go to the world with 
our Plea without any definition is simply to put ourselves on 
an equal basis with these other churches. 

Moreover, such an interpretation of our Plea is incon- 
sistent with our practices. I have already stated that we 
are and have been defining our position every day. Every 
time a preacher preaches a sermon or a Sunday school 
teacher teaches a lesson they are interpreting the Bible. 
If, we go back to the beginning of the Tunker movement in 
Germany, we will discover that Alexander Mack and his 
co-workers were called upon to define their position; and 
they did so. They did so first in practicing Triune Immer- 
sion and observing or keeping the Love Feast ; and other 
beliefs and practices. This defining through their practices 
cost them much .suffering by way of ridicule and persecu- 
tion ; and therefore is not to be discounted. They also de- 
fined their position in answering the forty questions sub- 
n\itted to them by certain church leaders of their day; and 
in pul^lishing both the questions and answers. In Mack's 
Book, in which the above mentioned questions and answers 
may be found; there is also "A Conversation Between a 
Father and Son", which is merely a statement of the belief 
of Brethren on such subjects as: Baptism, The Lord's Sup- 
per, Ex-communication, Oaths, Love, Marriage, and other 
subjects. Coming now to the conference of 1882 which was 
held at Ashland, certain Declaration of Principles were 
adopted. Among them this one is found: "Resolved, that 
it is the sense of this convention that, as we are the true 
consen'ators of the doctrines of the Brethren Church, and 
have never strayed from the church founded by our fathers, 
nothing done in this meeting, shall be construed as seces- 
sion or departure from the original church organized in 
Gei-many, in 1708, or from the principles of the Gospel as 
'INTERPRETED' by our fathers, until the intervention of 
human traditions and usurpation of authority by men in 
control on Annual meeting. In every principle of non-con- 
formity to the M-oi'ld and the practice of the Gospel ordi- 
nances, we stand where we have always stood, and by the 
grace of God always will stand." AVhat is this but a re-afifir- 



mation of original, belief s and practices, and the recognition 
of the need of interpretation. I have only called attention 
to a few of the statements which have been made during our 
history; but enough for the purpose in view. The state- 
ment of the Brethren Ministers has been criticised not so 
much as to the content of the statement ; but as to the fact 
of the statement itself. Any statement would be obnoxious 
to some. But some such statement was inevitable. Through 
our history, we have been defining our position, and we 
must continue to do so from time to time ; if we are to exist 
as a Church. 

AA'^e are sometimes erring iu our interpretation of that 
part of our Plea, which says, "Nothing But the Bible." In 
the strict sense of the term, we cannot live up to that. Are 
we literally to have nothing but the Bible? Then we are 
inconsistent with the facts of life. Here is my personal 
Christian experience, does it mean nothing to me? Here is 
my reason — , shall I give it no place? Verily, I must give 
them place for they are a part of me. Here is Church Gov- 
ernment, shall I give it no place? But, we must have gov- 
ernment. However, if I over-emphasize my experience to 
the exclusion of all else, I become a mystic. If my reason 
is not checked, I become a rationalist. 

Church government given full sway, leads to a self-cen- 
tered hierarchy. This hierarchy was the fly in the ointment 
in 1881-82. The Bible alone will lead to a dead formal re- 
ligion. Men DO run riot with their experiences, with their 
reason, and with their authority, and they must be held in 
check. My expei'ience, reason, and authority must be tested 
in the light of the Bible. Others may believe that the 
church, or reason, or experience are supreme ; but for us 
the Bible is ABOAHE ALL ELSE. Nothing must contradict 
it nor supercede it. AA''hatever does not agi-ee with it is 
error, or else we do not properly understand the AVord. 
Something of this nature must have been in the minds of 
the Brethren in 1882 when they passed a certain section of 
the Declaration of Principles. Let us read, "AA^'e hold that 
in religion the Gospel of Christ and the Gospel alone, is a 
sufficient rule of faith and practice : and he who ADDS TO 
the Gospel, takes from it, or in any AA'^AY BINDS upon men 
anything different from the Gospel, is an infidel to the 
Author of Christianity and a usurper of Gospel rights." I 
hold that from time to time it is necessary to define our posi- 
tion, or else the inconsistency of beliefs and practices in dif- 
ferent congregations will be our undoing. But, NEAT5R, 
NEA^R, must we permit our definition or statement of 
Faith to supercede nor in any wise contradict the Bible. Our 
Plea must still be "The Bible, the AVhole Bible and nothing 
but the Bible." And thus each succeeding generation will 
have the rights which we cherish — the right of interpreta- 
tion. And, yet it must not be forgotten that no generation 
stands as a unit in itself. Each succeeding generation 
builds upon the foundation of the one preceding. To reject 
the wisdom of other generations, because it is not our own, 
is the height of folly. AA''e are building upon the founda- 
tions laid by Alexander Mack and his co-workers; may we 
also leave a doctrinal foundation for those with their right 
of interpretation. 

For the purpose of the comparison, which this subject 
implies, some doctrinal statement is necessary. Of all the 
statements which one might present, I am of the opinion 
that none could be found as agreeable to as large a body 
of our people as "The Message of the Brethren Ministry." 
I believe that it pretty accurately defines the position of a 
large percentage of Brethren. It hardly seems necessary to 
read the statement, yet for the purpose in mind I believe it ^ 
will be best to do so. It reads : 

The Message which Brethren Ministers accept as a Divine En- 
trustment to be heralded to a lost world, finds its sole source and 



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authority in the Bible. This message is one of Hope for a lost world 
and speaks with finality and authority. Fidelity to the apostolic 
injunction to preach the Word demands our utmost endeavor of mind 
and heart. We, the Members of the National Ministerial Associa- 
tion of the Brethren Church, hold that the essential and constitution- 
al elements of our Message shall continue to be the following dec- 
larations: 

1. Our Motto: The Bible, the whole Bible and nothing but the Bible. 

2. The Authority and Integrity of the Holy Scriptures. The Minis- 
try of the Brethren Church, desires to bear testimony to the belief 
that God 's supreme revelation has been made through Jesus Christ, 
a complete and authentic record of which revelation is the New Tes- 
tament; and, to the belief that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and 
New Testaments, as originally given, are the infallible record of the 
perfect, final and authoritative revelations of God's will, altogether 
sufficient in themselves as a rule of faith and practice. 

3. We Understand the Basic Content of our Doctrinal Preaching 
to Be: 

(1) The Pre-existence, Deity, and Incarnation by Vargin Birth 
of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 

(2) The Fall of Man, his consequent spiritual death and utter 
sinfulness, and the necessity of his New Birth; 

(3) The Vicarious Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ through 
the shedding of His Own Blood; 

(4) The Eesurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ in the body in 
which He suffered and died and His subsequent Glorification 
at the Eight Hand of God; 

(5) The Justification by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, 
of which obedience to the will of God and works of right- 
eousness are the evidence and result; the resurrection of the 



dead, the judgment of the world, and the life everlasting 
of the just; 

(6) The Personality and Deity of the Holy Spirit Who indwells 
the Christian and is his Comforter and Guide; 

(7) The Personal and Visible Eeturn of our Lord Jesus Christ 
from Heaven as King of Kings and Lord of Lords; the 
glorious goal for which we are taught to watch, wait, and 
pray; 

(8) The Christian should "be not conformed to this world, but 
be transformed by the renewing of the mind," should not 
engage in carnal strife and should "swear not at all;" 

(9) The Christian should observe, as his duty and privilege, the 
ordinances of our Lord Jesus Christ, among which are (a) 
baptism of believers by Triune Immersion; (b) confirma- 
tion; (c) the Lord's iSupper; (d) the Communion of the 
Bread and Wine; (e) the washing of the saints' feet; and 
(f) the anointing of the sick with oil. 

The acceptance of this statement seems to make us a 
Conservative Brotherhood. We certainly are a conservative 
people, and it does not take this statement to make us so. 
Our Plea, "The Bible, The Whole Bible, and nothing but the 
Bible," is a conservative plea, in itself, if taken seriously. If 
we do not want to be considered conservative in matters of 
doctrine, the only consistent thin,g to do is to change our 
plea. 

Clayton, Ohio. 

(To be continued) 



THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



TEXT: 



"Uncommon Christians" 

By A. E. Whitted 

'I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." — 

John 10:10 b. 



Jesus the blessed Son of God came to bring light and 
life into this world of darkness and sin. Before his coming 
the whole world verily sat in darkness, but out of that 
darkness has arisen a Day-star for every one who will be- 
lieve. The gift of the Spirit of life dwells in those who 
are united to Christ in a fullness more abundant than was 
ever revealed before. And what is this gift we are speak- 
ing of? It is not some power or principle, but rather a 
person, yea, a very true Person which dwells within every 
believer. This is the regeneration for which all ages waited 
till the Word was made flesh and dwelt with us. Herein 
can we see a part of this great promise, the fullness of life 
given to us by the personal ind\velling of the Holy Spirit, 
and besides this, the gift of life is abundant. 

It seems to me that Christ could foresee two possible 
results of his redemptive work. In the first place the pro- 
ducing of disciples who have life in the common, ordinary 
sense, and in the second place, those who have life above 
the ordinary. Two classes of Christians, the common and 
the uncommon. It is concerning the latter that I wish to 
speak. Of course it is the desire of the Christ that all re- 
ceive the abundant life and thereby reach the luicommon 
class. Look about you and test men by the standard of 
Christ and I am quite sure you will become somewhat dis- 
couraged. Thousands profess to have life but what about 
the abundant life that is spoken of in the promise? Who are 
these uncommon Christians? 

I. In the first place the uncommon Christian is the one 
who takes the Bible, the Book, as his creed, his rule of 
faith and practice. Many profess to do this but are not 
living up to their profession. Many are theorizing in this 
matter and we well know it is not theory but practice that 
counts. "To obey is better than sacrifice." "If you love 
me, ye will keep my word." So long as you hold to the 
theory that the words which God has given are Spirit and 
life and do not go about to practice them as such in your 
life you will not be able to rise out of the ordinary place 
to that extraordinary one God means that you should fill. 
The uncommon Christian not only reveres God's Word but 



will use it, study it, meditate upon it, obey it. If you 
would attain unto that uncommon position get the dust off 
the covers of the old Book and delve into its sweetness, for 
therein shall ye find LIFE. 

II. Again the uncommon Christian is one who lives 
his life with no confidence in the flesh. His confidence is 
in the Spirit. He knows with Paul that, they that are after 
the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are 
after th^ spirit do mind the things of the spirit. For to be 
carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is 
life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against 
God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed 
can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please 
God. The Holy Spirit dwells within him, interpreting the 
word, restraining from all evil, pointing to that M'hich is 
good. Yes, those greater things that Christ promised, the 
uncommon Christian can do because of the power of the 
indwelling Spirit. 

III. The uncommon Christian is one also, who when he 
accepts Jesus Christ as his Savior, crowns him also as his 
Lord. Our text suggests that Christ might oecitpy two pos- 
sible relationships with man. I think that experience also 
proves these two relationships. Many accept Christ as their 
.Savior but are not willing to crown him Lord in their lives, 
to make him absolute sovereign, one who has the right of 
rule and direction in their every walk of life. But sanctify 
the Lord God in your hearts : and be ready always to give 
an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the 
hope that is in you, with meekness and fear: having a good 
conscience; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil 
doers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good 
conversation in Christ (1 Peter 3:15, 16). But there are so 
many that do not know the blessing of thus exalting their 
Lord. Instead of being Christ-managed, they try to pose as 
being self-managed, and take pride in it. The result of such 
living is disastrous. The real aim of life is lost ; life 's song 
is lowered to a minor key. Life is lived but without the joy 
and blessing of fruitfulness. On the other hand the Chris- 
tian that crowns his Christ Lord has a joy that is unspeak- 



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able and full of glory. In the midst of the commoia things 
of life he lias been raised to that uncommon position with 
his Lord. 

IV. The uncommon Chi'istian is one who has a heav- 
enly vision. He has mounted to higher ground. The new 
height that he has attained through prayer has lifted him 
above the hindering things of earth and has caused him to 
catch a gleam of the beauties of heaven. Satan's darts can- 
not reach him, his faitli is planted firmly on the Rock. It 
is said that those who fly, learn to see a great distance and 
to talk of things in a big way; much more the man who 
lias risen to "sit in heavenly places" -\\dth his Lord. He is 
one who can truthfully sing from the depths of his heart 
the strains of this old song : 

"I'm dwelling now upon the heights, 
Of Beulah land, sweet Beulah land ; 
In all its joys my soul delights. 
In Beulah land, sweet Beulah land. 
I feel his loving presence near; 
The music of his voice I hear, 
And nearer does my home appear, 

From Beulah land. 
Here richest pleasures I have found, 
In Beulah land, sweet Beulah land ; 
Here rivers of delight abound. 
In Beulah land, sweet Beulah land. 
His grace and mercies never cease ; 
Each day my hopes and joys increase ; 
He gives me freedom, gives me peace, 

In Beulah land. 
My heart is fixed, my faith is clear. 
In Beulah land, sweet Beulah land ; 
Content until my Lord appear, 
In Beulah land, sweet Beulah land. 
Then when the shadows of the night 
Shall reach me on this lofty height. 
My soul to him shall take its flight 

From Beidah land. 

V. And again the uncommon Christian is one who 
gives his life to God in service for others. To do this it is 
not necessary to become a minister or a missionary, although 
those who have thus consecrated themselves should without 
question be in the uncommon class. I mean the one who 
realizes what it means his high calling to fulfill, whatever 
God's plan or place for his life. In business, in the profes- 
sional life, as a servant — in whatever calling, "faithful as 
unto Christ." Whatever his task, he has but one end. in 
view, that he might in bis service' work to the glory of God 
and for the good of his fcllowmen. With such the common 
life liecomes uncommon. He has unconsciously lifted him- 
self to the rank of an uncommon Christian. I read a story 
recently of a scrub woman who by hard and persistent effort 
succeeded in laying by a mite and was supporting as many 
as tliirty Bible Avomen across the sea. Of her kind the Mas- 
ter will say, "she hath done what she could." Though un- 
consciously and unseen by men, such as she quietly slip out 
of the ordinary into the extraordinaiy. Such do verily be- 
come Christians. 

VI. Lastly I would say that the uncommon Christian is 
one who in the midst of the joys and blessings of earth, 
amid the favors heaped upon him by the world, remembers 
that his true portion is in heaven. Whose ti'ue hope is 
found in waiting the coming of the King. But it is possible 
for even Christians to allow their blessings to be turned to 
curses. Thl'y plan to pray; they plan to pay; they even 
plan the greatest of sacrifices, but as they plan they become 
so enamored with their blessings that they foi'get the 
Blesser. They would rather hear most any other word than, 
"Behold, I come quickly." The uncommon Christian walks 
with his head erect, his eyes lifted, his gaze fixed. Busy, 
yes about the Master's business — occupied, yes. with the 
task of helping to meet the needs of humanity and to bring 
men into the narrow way. Yet he ever patiently waits to 
see the face, to hear the voice of the one he loves and serves. 



Strive to be classed with the uncommon Christian, that 
you might be able to shout Avith assurance, 

"I shall be ready to welcome the Savior, 
I may behold him descend from on high, 
Clothed in his garments of heavenly splendor; 
what a day, Avhen the King shall draw nigh ! ' ' 
Beaver City, Nebraska. 

OUR DEVOTIONAL 

Giving 

By Margaret Shearer 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

My son, give nie thine heart, and let thine eyes obserA^e 
my Avays (ProA^ 23:26). 

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that Avould 
borroAV of thee turn not thou aAvay (Matt. 5:42). 

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out 
devils: freely ye have received freely give (Matt. 10:8). 

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole 
Avorld, and lose his OAvn soul? or Avhat shall a man give in 
exchange for his soul (Matt. 16:26). 

Jesus said unto him, If thou Avilt be perfect, go and 
sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt 
have treasure in heaA^en; and come and folloAv me (Matt. 
19:21). 

A new commandment I give unto you. That ye love one 
another ; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another 
(John 13:34). 

I haA'e shcAved you all things, hoAv that so laboring ye 
ought to support the Aveak, and to remember the Avords of 
the Lord Jesus, hoAv he said, It is more blessed to give than 
to receive (Acts 20:35). 

So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he 
that Avatereth; but God that giveth the increase (1 'Cor. 3 :7). 

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so 
let him give ; not grudgingly, or of necessity ; for God Ioa' eth 
a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7). 

OUR MEDITATION 

It being the season of giving, carrying over from 
Thanksgiving, and Christmas, it occurred to me that it 
might be profitable to consider in a general Avay the theme 
of giving. Speaking of Thanksgiving reminds me of a little 
girl Avho asked Avhat Thanksgiving Avas, and another little 
girl replied, "Why, you giA'e somebody something, and 
that's the giving part, and they say 'thanks', and that's the 
thanks part, and putting them together yoi; liaA'c Thanks- 
giving." And do you know. Thanksgiving means just as 
little as that to some people, for many of us do not thank 
our heaA^enly Father for Avhat he has given us, nor do Ave 
give anybody anything that they might thank us for. 

The Avord Give, next to Love, that is. Divine Love, is 
one of the most embracing Avords in the English language. 
Its meanings are so wide and A^aried that it can not be limit- 
ed. All life is made up of giving. Just as Ave see love mani- 
fested in all God's creations and in man's make-up, so Ave 
also note that in the natural order of things is the process 
of giving. The most common meaning of the Avoi-d giA'e is 
to bestoAv Avithout receiving a return. That is the true 
meaning as given in Webster's dictionary, but Ave have come 
to modify its meaning somcAvhat to this: to bestoAv Avith the 
expectation of receiving a return. 

To further show the strength of the word, let us just 
add a Avord or tAvo to form a phrase Avith giA^e as the prin- 
cipal Avord, and see the different traits and actions which 
can be brought out. Thus, to give back, means to return. To 
> giA'e chase — to pursue. To give ear — to listen. To give 
forth — to publish or tell. To give up — to despair of attain- 
ing that AA'hich is desired, AA'hether something to possess, or 
a state of mind or heart. GiA'e over — to yield or abandon. 
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force or pressure. To give in to — to yield assent. To give 
out — to expend all one'.s strength. This may not mean any- 
thing, but I thought it might help to just bear in mind as 
we study the word, that more is implied than merely offer- 
ing somebody something. 

Do we realize then, that consciously or unconsciously, 
we are constantly giving? From the mere act of breathing, 
in which we give off the impure air in exchange for the i^urc, 
to the greatest act we can do, we are giving. In our labors, 
we give our service, our strength, ourselves. In our ming- 
ling with one another, we give our friendship, our sympathy, 
our love. In conversing or otherwise communicating with 
each other, we are giving our thoughts and ideas. An author 
gives us his writings; an inventor, his ideas; anyone who 
gives himself up to a profession to which he devotes himself 
for the advancement of mankind, gives what represents a 
life-time. 

In this respect however, the word give differs from love. 
We can give either good or evil. For instance, if we give 
someone a drink containing that deadly foe, alcohol, or offer 
our young friend a cigarette, we are giving that which will 
injure instead of benefit. What a wonderful world we would 
have if everyone would strive to imitate God in that they 
would give nothing except that which would be for the 
benefit of mankind. And we might sum up by saying, we 
give an influence, either for good or evil. Have you ever 
ridden on a ship and stood at the back and noticed the path 
it left on the water as far back as you could see? While at- 
tending the State C. E. Convention at Pittsburgh, Ave took 
a boat ride down the river one afternoon and a lady in our 
crowd called attention to this path left in the water by the 
boat and remarked, "That reminds me of our life." Though 
we pass on, we leave a line of influence behind, and should 



®ur Mocsbip IproGtam 

A Devotional Reading of Matthew's Gospel 

(Clip and put in your Bililo for convenience.) 
MO'NDAY 

THE TWO FOUNDATIONS— Matt. 7. •24-29. 

Obedience to the word.s of .Jesus is the only foundation 
on which one can afford to huild his hopes for eternity. 
Self-righteousness and human wisdom are as shifting 
sand. 

TUESDAY 

CURE OF A LEPER— Matt. 8:1-4. 

Sin, like leprosy, is deadly, loathsome and unclean, sep- 
arates men from God and nialvcs them unfit for heaven 
and the society of all that is pure and holy. 
WEDNESDAY 

THE PAL.SY OF HELPLESSNESS— Matt. S:.5-13. 

The impotence of man in physical affliction finds its 
healing and strength by faith in him who came from 
heaven clothed with all authority and power. 
THURSDAY 

PETER'S MOTHER-IN-LAW AND OTHERS— Matt. 
8:14-17. 

The Great Physician meets all conditions of weak, suf- 
fering and diseased humanity with his renewing grace, 
and immediately sets the renewed life to work minister- 
ing to others. 

FRIDAY 

TESTS OF SINCERITY— Matt. 8:18-22. 

The lives of some people in turning to Christ seem to 
be touched only superficially, as the winds ruffle the sur- 
face of the sea, and when the breath of sentimental ap- 
peal is passed, it is discovered that the strong and deep 
currents of sin remain unchanged. 
SATURDAY 

STILLING THE STORMS— Matt. 8:2.3-27. 

The Word of God is still as powerful and pre-vailing 
over evei-y phase of life and nature as it was when Jesus 
stilled the tempestuous sea of Galilee, and no one is in 
danger of shipwreck except he in whom the Word slum- 
bers by reason of his own unawakened condition. 
SUNDAY 

THE CURE OF MADMEN— Matt. 8:28-.34. 

Jesus started a revival and devils were expelled as the 
souls of men were changed. But as soon as it began to 
effect the business of certain men, they wanted it stopped 
.and sent the evangelist away. How modern! — ^G. S. B. 



we not strive to make that a bles.sing rather than a curse? 

Now, we have been considering in a way the things we 
are giving; let us look at it in another way and think of 
some of the things we have been given. 

First, it has been truthfully said that wc who are living 
in this present day are the heirs of all the ages gone before. 
I wonder if we appreciate that fact fully. 

Take for example, from an educational standpoint, the 
free access we have to the best books. Do we think when 
we read a book that it is the product of some man's thought? 
Years of experience and study were necessaiy for a man to 
write a book, yet we pick it up and with apparently no 
effort at all, and in a short space of time, the contents are 
ours. And the value of books, at the head of which of 
course stands the Bible, can not be estimated. Yet, they 
have been handed down to us. 

And then consider our country. Do we appreciate its 
peace, its freedom, and its government, and do we tliink 
that it meant hardship, struggle, yes, war, to obtain these? 
These have been given us by our forefathers. Why, so late- 
ly as in the beginning of our country's history was it neces- 
sary to go to church armed. We can go to church now un- 
molested, b'ut rather tlian accept that privilege, we jump in 
cur cars and go away from our churches. 

And consider what has been given us in the mode of 
travel. In the early settlement of our country, the mail was 
carried on horseback and in mail coaches, and if we lived 
many miles apart, days and weeks were necessary to get a 
letter to our friends. Now, we have our fast mail trains and 
airplane service which makes it possible to send a letter 
across the continent in several days. Or better still, we can 
communicate with a friend by wire in several minutes, or 
CA^en hear the sound of their voice OA^er the telephone. Do 
Ave consider that through the deep thought and hard Avork 
of some one gone before us, avc have been given these things? 
We could go on and on, naming the things Avhich have been 
given us, by our earthly friends, but let us next look to the 
original Giver of all things from not only the beginning of 
our country, but of Time. 

The commonplace things — do avc consider the air avc 
breathe, the sunshine Ave enjoy, the beautiful floAvers, our 
food — evcrytliing necessary for our existence in the flesh, 
even our enjoyment? God gave them all. But he did not 
stop there. He Avanted us to haA'e another, a better and 
higher life, and so he gave us that greatest of all gifts, his 
Son, through Avhom, by faith if Ave Avill confess him, Ave may 
receive eternal life. Christ Avas Avilling to give up all that 
Ave might receive salvation. Should Ave not then giA^e our- 
selves and all avc have to him? Indeed, if Ave could do this 
we Avould be sure to give the light things in the right Avay 
to our felloAvmen. 

And, if AVC could only believe that his word is true Avhen 
it says that it is more blessed to give than to receiA'c ! We do 
receiA^e a great bles.sing in giAdng a satisfaction, a peace, 
Avhich passeth understanding, and added to that, we suffer 
no material loss. "V7e can not expect to receive in some 
mysterious Avay, $100.00 if Ave giA^e $10,00, but you haA'e re- 
peatedly heard people say in giving to the church or a char- 
itable cause, that they did not see how they could afford 
it, but they just did, and never missed it. Do you think that 
can be explained in any other Avay than that it Avas God's 
mercy manifested just as truly as in the incident of the 
measure of meal in the Old Testament, Avith AA'hich Ave are 
all familiar? 

NoAv as the Christmas season has passed, let us continue 
its giving and seek to be dondnated by Christ's spirit in our 
giAdng; and all the year around, let us giA-e Christ his Avay 
in our life ; that he through us may give such as Avill lift up 
our felloAvmen rather than push them doAvmvard. 

OUR PRAYER 

Our Father, let us at all times give first ourselves to 
thee to be used as thou seest fit, that through us the gospel 
might be given to all the Avorld, and the knowledge of him 
might cover the earth as the Avaters cover the sea. Amen. 

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 



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AsMand, Ohio 



Editor's Select Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

January 24) 



{Lesson for 

Devotional Beading — Isaiali 55:1-11. 

Scripture Lesson, — John 4:1-42. 

Printed Text— John 4:13-26. 

Golden Text — With joy shall ye draw 
water out of the wells of salvation. — Isaiah 
12:3. 

LESSON LIGHTS 
Jew an.d Samaritan 

Christ's clothing and language would both 
show him to be a Jew. He was on his way 
from Jerusalem (though she probably did not 
know that), and she doubtless thought that 
he was a Judean. It was an old quarrel, 
going back to the importation of Assyrians 
to take the place of the exiled Jews, and to 
the refusal of Zerubbabol to allow the mixed 
race that resulted, with their heathen ten- 
dencies and practices, to join in the rebuild- 
ing of the temple. 'This antagonism was in- 
tensified by the doctrinal peculiarities of the 
Samaritans, their acceptance of the Penta- 
teuch only as true Scripture. The disciples, 
to be sure, had gone to Sychar, to buy food 
from Samaritans, but they were from Galilee, 
and the Galileans were less strict in this mat- 
ter than the Judeans. 

TMrsts of tHie 'Soul 

Every person is full of wants, longings, de- 
sires, hopes, both of the body and of the soul. 
There are the thirsts for pleasure, for power, 
for money, for respect, for love, for know- 
ledge. There are thirsts for the friendship 
and love of God, for forgiveness, immortal 
life, holiness, happiness, usefulness, heaven, a 
larger sphere and broader life. The larger 
the soul, the more and greater are its thirsts. 
The greatness of any being is measured (1) 
by the number of his desires and thirsts; (2) 
by their quality; (3) by their capacity, inten- 
sity. All growth of the soul is by means of 
the.sc hungers and thirsts, and their satisfac- 
tion. It is a sickly soul that has no appetite. 
Education, civilization, progress, goodness, al- 
ways increase the thirst of the soul. And no 
temporal, worldly, bodilj', thing, wealth, pow- 
er, pleasure, can really satisfy the desires of 
the soul. (Seeking true satisfaction in this 
world is like trying to quench the thirst by 
drinking the salt waters of the sea. The 
more wc drink the thirstier we are. 
Living Water 

A fountain or a lake which does not give 
out of its waters becomes stagnant, dying, not 
living, and bringing death to others. If wc 
are not ready to let" the living water flow 
freely to others we soon lose it ourselves; it 
either dries up, or becomes fouled. It is the 
nature of a real Christian to impart this 
blessing to others. It is not always possible 
for one to speak, or to preach to others. There 
are some who cannot speak of the things 
which they value the most; the deepest things 
of their hearts are inarticulate. I have in 
mind one who is considered extremely talka- 
tive, and ready to tell all she knows, or 
thinks, or feels, to her friends and neighbors. 
But I happen to know that any really deep 
feeling is never spoken of; there have been 



thoughts and feelings in her heart which, 
when once her confidence was given to one of 
her closest friends, gave that friend an al- 
most diametrically opposite idea of her real 
character — inside. And yet even to her she 
had not told all. But if it is inarticulate the 
possession of this living water does produce 
results that will help those around. It must 
do so in some way, or cease to be living. 

True Worship 

(1) God wants all men to worship him, be- 
cause thus they become like him, near to him. 
(2) Thus every heart may become hallowed 
ground. 

(3) Worship must be spiritual rather than 
formal. (4) It must be sincere. (5) It is 
the fruit of love rather than fear. (6) True 
worship cannot be separated from morality, 
while formal worship can. (7) Worship is 
essential to the religious life. (S) Forms and 
rites are valuable only as they aid the spirit 
in its worship. (9) It is not necessary to re- 
nounce forms (for some form is necessary in 
public worship), but to fill the forms with the 
true spirit. 

10) S'ir Matthew Hale found that prayer 



gave a "tincture of devotion" to all secular 
employments; that "it was a Christian chem- 
istry, converting those acts which are mate- 
rially natural and civil into acts truly and 
formally religious." He discovered in habit- 
ual devotion what Herbert calls ' ' the elixir 
of life." 

"Look on the Fields" 

.The disciples pressed food on their Master, 
whom they had left too wearied to go farther. 
But the glorious work he had been doing in 
the conversion of the sinful woman had so 
filled his soul with joy that he had no need 
of material sustenance. He had meat to eat 
of which his disciples did not know. And 
when they asked him in surprise what that 
food was, and who had brought it to him, 
Christ answered plainly, "My meat is to do 
the will of him that sent me." 

"If Jesus had depended for spiritual food 
on the human appreciation of the men he 
served, what a poor, beggared, starved life 
would have been his! But his patience, char- 
ity and forgiving love nev-cr gave out; and 
the reason was in the fact that his food was 
received from a heavenly source." "The les- 
son which Jesus wished to give his disciples, 
and which is our lesson today, is the satisfy- 
ing joy which lies in duty." — The Illustrated 
Quarterly. 



The White 

Contributions in support of the budget of 
$5,812.00, have been received as follows: 

Mary A. Snyder, $ 5.00 

Ashland Sunday school, 123.70 

Fairhaven Sunday school, 45.00 

Johnstown, 1st, 175.00 

Clay City, 28.40 

Dallas Center, 18.57 

N. Manchester, 175.00 

Amanda and Ethel Kilhefner, 5.00 

Oakville, Ind., 33.35 

Fremont, Ohio, 4.40 

Portis, Kans., 20.46 

Vinco, Pa., ' 8.01 

Vandergrift, Pa., 21.53 

Garwin, Iowa 34.03 

New Enterprise, Pa., 17.00 

New Paris, Ind., 10.00 

Flora, Ind 91.23 

P. E. Peterson and wife 5.00 

Mansfield, Ohio 3.80 

Lanark, 111 2.00 

Washington C. H., Ohio 6.70 

Johnstown, 2nd (Moxham) 50.59 

W. H. Miller, 1.00 

Bryan, Ohio, 70.00 

Dayton, Ohio 218.10 

College Corner, Ind 9.00 

S. Bend, Ind 111.94 

Beaver City, Neb., 100.00 

Rittman, Ohio, 17.50 

Isaac Grubb and wife, 5.00 

Goshen, Ind., 74.10 

New Lebanon, Ohio, 51.50 

Gratis, Ohio 47.77 

Tiosa, Ind., 15.06 

Washington, D. C, 144.63 

Mt. Zion, Ohio, 20.00 



Gift Offering 

Yellow Creek, Pa., 10.45 

Listie, Pa., 11.08 

Conemaugh, Pa., 40.00 

Waynesboro, Pa., 51.75 

Aaron Showalter, . 5.00 

Gatewood, W. Va., 3.44 - 

Sidney, Ind 5.55 

Berne, Ind., 90.90 

E. Z. Zuilerat and family, 25.00 

N. Springfield, Ohio, 21.05 

Miamisburg, Ohio, 5.00 

Jacob Thomas, 5.00 

H. C. Hosteler and family, 5.00 

Hampton, N. J., 17.10 

Kidgely, Md., 10.00 

Pleasant Hill, Ohio, 35.00 

Williamstown, Ohio, 7.60 

Hamlin, Kans., 71.58 

Sergeantsville, N. J., 10.00 

Total to date, (Jan. 9), $2,199.87 

This will help greatly in the support of the 
budget which is announced above, the largest 
item in which, is incurred by the work of the 
traveling secretary, who will visit every 
school in the brotherhood this year. Send in 
your offering, if you have not already done so. 
MAETIN SHIVELY, Treasurer, 
Ashland, Ohio. 



You don't get a sheepskin in the school of 
experience. You just have your own re- 
moved. — Dubuque American-Tribune. 



Economy in government has to trot in 
double harness with efficiency in government 
in order to justify itself. — Chicago Daily 
News. 






JANUARY 13, 1926 



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J. A. GARBER, President 

Ashland, Ohio 

B. D. BARNARD, Associate 

Mansfield, Ohio 



Our Young People at Work 

(Young People's Topics in The Angelus by Thobum C. Lyon.) 



GLADYS M. SPICE 

General Secretary 

2301 13th St., N. E., 

Canton, Ohio 



Christian Endeavor and Missions 

By Miss Grace Yoder, Missionary Secretary 



"Trusting in the Lord Jesus Clirist for 
strength, I promise him that I will strive to 
do whatever he would have me do. I will 
make it the rule of my life to pray and read 
the Bible, to support the work and worship 
of my church, and to take a part in the meet- 
ings and other activities of this society. These 
things will I do unless hindered by conscien- 
tious reasons, and in them all I will seek the 
Savior's guidance." This is the pledge that 
every active member of the Christian En- 
deavor must sign and live up to. We need 
but to read it over to be impressed with the 
spirit that runs through it — it is the spirit of 
service. Every Christian Endcavorcr is a 
servant of Christ, and in serving Christ we 
must serve our fellowmen. 

The missionary spirit is a spirit of service 
and sacrifice. It is because we love Christ 
that we are anxious to serve him, to preach 
him to others, to work for him, to sacrifice 
self for the furtherance of his cause. There- 
fore a successful Christian Endeavor is really 
missionary in spirit, as its objective or pur- 
pose is service. To be efficient it must en- 
courage and be a promoter of that work. 

There are many ways in which this mis- 
sionary spirit may be promoted. One of these 
would be the organization of a missionary 
committee in each society. This committee 
should have in charge the preparation of a 
missionary program to be given every month 
or so. Some societies have already effected 
such an organization with very good and 
helpful results. Another way of promoting 
this missionary spirit would be to hold a 
correspondence with the missionaries on the 
foreign fields, as well as with some of the 
native converts themselves. These letters 
could be read during the Christian Endeavor 
hour, perhaps at the missionary meeting. Such 
a correspondence would prove to be of bene- 
fit and a real blessing to the society as well 
as to those on the field. The study of mis- 
sionary books is always very helpful. The 
Women's Missionary Society and the Sister- 
hood of Mary and Martha are now undertak- 
ing such a study, but not all Christian En- 
deavor members belong to one or the other 
of these societies. 

There are a great many missionary books 
that are worthy of study. Among them might 
be mentioned the following: "The Lure of 
Africa," by G. G. Patton; "Looking For- 
ward with S'outh America," by Stanley High; 
"South American Neighbors," by Homer C. 
iStuntz; "The Unity of the Americas," by 
Robert E. Speer; "The Emergency in 
China," "Hudson Taylor; and the "China 
Inland Missions," and many others. Mission- 
ary books are written in story form, and it 
would be well for every Endeavorer to make 
it a practice to read a certain number of mis- 
sionary books each year. Perhaps a report 
of some missionary book at the Christian En- 



deavor meeting would be interesting as well 
as helpful. 

There are many other ways in which the 
missionary spirit might be promoted, but per- 
haps the most important of these is by means 
of prayer. The spirit of service runs through 
our pledge, but likewise the spirit of worship. 
Prayer and Service go hand in hand, and they 
should not be separated. Definite prayer for 
our missionaries and their work, will accom- 
plish much more than service without prayer. 
We should pray that we might find out God's 
plan for our lives, and then for strength and 
guidance in carrj'ing out his work. 

Ashland College, Ashland, 'Ohio. 



JUNIOR ENDEAVOR 



By Virginia Haun 



( Topic for Ja.nu3 ry 24) 

Radio Messages from Mexico 

There was once a very pretty little girl 
named Lolita. iShe had black hair and real 
dark snappy eyes. Her skin was darker than 
ours a little bit. She was a little Mexican 
girl, just the kind we like to play with. And 
like other little boys and girls, this little 
Mexican girl liked to play with other chil- 
dren. There was one little boy, named Luis, 
whom she particularly liked to play with but 
he liked to tease her, and would often run 
away where the other children were, leaving 
her to play without him. One day when Luis 
ran away Lolita got angry because she could 
not play the games she wanted to without 
him and she decided she would show him that 
he could not run off that way. She was a 
very naughty little girl, and she thought of 
something that the most of us would not even 
have thought of. The next day, she got a 
chance to carry out her plan. There was a 
small stream near the place where these boys 
and girls played with a rather light board 
across it. Lolita watched very carefully and 
one time when Luis was running a little care- 
lessly across it with his back toward her, she 
slipped up and tilted the board, planning to 
dump him in the water. Just as it often 
happens when children, or grown-ups either, 
are planning something unkind, more hap- 
pened than Lolita had planned. Luis fell in 
the water all right, but when he fell his arm 
hit a rock and when he got up he was cry- 
ing loudly, for he had broken his arm. Lolita 
was very much frightened, for Luis was a 
brave little boy who hardly ever cried. She 
was sorry then for what she had done, but it 
was too late. The time that she should have 
thought about what might happen was be- 
fore, not afterwards. 

Now there are several things for us to 



think about in this story. If this little Mex- 
ican girl had known about Jesus and how 
he loves little boys and girls, she would not 
have wanted to hurt anyone. She did not 
know about our Savior who loves little boys, 
and girls so well that when he was on earth 
he told the mothers to bring them to him and 
then he would bless them. Don't you wish 
you could have told this little girl how to be 
a Christian and learn to love others. We, 
Junior Christian Endeavorers, are taught by 
our parents that Jesus wants us to return 
good for evil and not to be unkind to others 
just because they are unkind to us. There 
are lots of Mexican children who are not 
Christians like we are and need to be told the 
story of Jesus' love, like Lolita needed it. 
There are some forms of religion in Mexico, 
but there are not very many people who know 
about Jesus as we do. Long years ago, the 
Spaniards brought a kind of Christianity into 
this country but the leaders and teachers of 
this religion have become so wicked that 
they do not teach it truly any more. There 
are many children as well as grown people ir. 
that country that need to know Jesus. Let 
us try to get the message about him to them. 

In one of our Bible references for the week, 
the one named Success, the great preacher 
Paul, tells us how we should talk with and 
feel tow-ard those we wish to help. Paul, you 
remember, was a very great teacher. He trav- 
eled about and preached to many people 
about Jesus and so we can well accept his ad- 
vice and learn from him the best way to give 
people the message of God's Love. In this 
particular Scripture, he is telling one of his 
churches, to which he had reached in his trav- 
els, how he came to them. First, he says, 
that when he went to that church he did not 
try to act wise. Did you ever toll some other 
little boy or girl how to do something? Do you 
remember that you felt that you were pretty 
wise to know something that they did not? 
It is not best to act as though we know it 
all. Paul sa5's that when he went to that 
church he was determined not to act in such 
a way that they would feel that he thought 
himself wiser than the^y. Let us remember 
this when we have an opportunity to help 
someone that does not know as much as we 
do, or when we have a chance to tell some- 
one about the Jesus way of living. Let us 
remember not to act wise as though we knew 
everything that was to be known. 

Paul tells us another thing about the way 
to tell others about Jesus. He says that 
when he preached or talked with them, ho 
told only about Jesus. He talked on tho 
power of God and the love of God and o*' 
Jesus. In other words, he told thfm thr 
things that could help them, and the th'-""- 
they needed to know. Let us remember fii 
too, when we are trying to help oth^^-s T^' 
have a chance to tell someone who i'' ■ 
than we are, something to help th ^' 
should do it in the very easiest wnr^l'^ 'r. 
derstand that we can think of. If wo fi"d ■ 
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(Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BAUMAN, 

Financial Secretary Poreign Board 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California. 



MISSIONS 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 

WILLLAJM A. GEAEHAET, 

Home Missionary Secretary, 

1106 American Savings Bldg., Dayton, Ohio. 



Taking the Gospel to the Jews 

By Ella Saylor 



stay 



During the time I spent in the Bible Insti- 
tute of Los Angeles I had the privilege of 
having Jewish visitation as one of my as- 
signments. It was a hard assignment, yet I 
enjoyed it. There are many interesting things 
about the work. It causes the Scriptures to 
be opened up in a new way to one, and gives 
a greater love for the people who were God's 
chosen people. Also one is brought to realize 
the great need of taking the Gospel to them. 
We must realize that the Jew is lost and 
needs a Savior. They have rejected the Gos- 
pel and it is the Gentile's place to take it 
to them. 

The most work I did with the Jew was 
house to house visitation. This enables one 
to meet them in their homes and to have 
heart to heart talks with them. It is hard 
for the Gentile to approach the Jew, but we 
must go, and try to approach him as Paul 
tells us in 1 Corinthians 9:20 to 22: And unto 
the Jews I became as a Jew that I might 
gain the Jews. After handing them an invi- 
tation and inviting them into a Jewish mass 
meeting, which is held at the Institute twice 
a month, we asked them a few questions 
which were intended to create an interest in 
the meeting, and then asked them about their 
Messiah. This generally gets them interested 
and opens the way for us to go on and open 
up the Scriptures to them. 

There are some who are not orthodo.\ and 
■who do not believe in the Old ITestament. 
With these it seems we are against a stone 
w-a!l, but the only thing we can do is to give 
them the Word of God and let the Holy S"pirit 
do the rest. Some afternoons it would seem 
that the whole time had been wasted. We 
would go back tired and weary and often 
having been scoffed at because we had told 
them about their Messiah. But we rejoiced 
that the Lord counted us worthy to take the 
Gospel to his own people. 

In our work we found that some were hun- 
gry for the Gospel and are seeking the truth. 
Others of them are drifting into other relig- 
ious beliefs, and into unbelief and worldli- 



ness. This is a great field in which to labor. 
It brings a blessing to work with them and 
occasionally .see one- accept Christ as their 
true Messiah. And it means so much to those 
who accept the Go.spel, even though to do so 
often means that they will be driven from 



home and loved ones. But they usually 
true to Christ and his teachings. 

Again I praise the Lord for giving me this 
privilege of serving him among the Jews, for 
it has given me a great love for them, and 
has opened up the Scriptures to me in a new- 
way. This field is white and ready for the 
harvest, and I pray that there may be many 
who will take the Gospel to the Jew. 

Portis, Kansas. 



Has Slavery Been Abolished? 



An interesting test of the usefulness of the 
League of ^fations will be afforded by Prof. 
E. A. Eoss's report on forced labor on Portu- 
guese Africa. This report, made after an in- 
quiry "Ijy Professor Eoss and Dr. E. Melville 
Cramer undertaken at the request of a dis- 
tinguished American committee, was present- 
ed to the Temporary Slavery Commission of 
the League on July 13. 

The present Portuguese substitute for slav- 
ery is forced labor. Each native is required 
to pay yearly taxes; and the theory is that 
only when these taxes have not been paid 
are men and women seized and forced to work 
for the government. As Eoss and Cramer 
show by repeated examples, this theory means 
nothing. In practice, the Portuguese seize 
natives at their will and require them to 
work for months or even years. Sometimes 
this labor is rewarded by a receipted tax bill, 
or by a payment in money, which in a typical 
case amounted to fifty cents for six months ' 
work. Just as often there is no payment of 
any kind, and not even adequate food or 
tools are provided. The village supplies food 
for its own men and women when it can. 
Labor is requisitioned without regard to the 
agricultural requirements of the village, so 
that it is not uncommon for all the able- 
bodied workers to bo taken at the moment 
when crops are being planted or harvested, 
thus ruining a whole year's food supply for 
the community. In addition to this labor in 
lieu of taxes, the Portuguese plantation own- 
ers are in the habit of buying labor from the 
government, which .sends out and seizes work- 
ers who are delivered, often in chains, to the 
plantation. The planter then pays their wages 
in a lump sum to the government official, who 



usually puts the aforesaid lump sum into his 
own pocket. 

However, in either case the result to the 
natives is the same. W^e summarize incidents 
taken at random from the Eoss report: 

From one village eighty-four people wore 
taken eight years ago and have never been 
heard of since * * * Of two hundred men 
taken from one place, eleven died on the 
three-day march to the scene of their labor 

* * * Pregnant women are forced to do heavy 
labor on the roads or in the fields * * • One 
man who stopped work for a day to help his 
wife in childbirth was severely beaten and 
then forced to work all day without food 

* * * Fearful of an uprising, the Portuguese 
government refuses all arms and ammunition 
to the natives who are obliged to do their 
hunting with bows and spears * * * On the 
plantations, to stop work for a moment means 
a beating with the hippo-hide lash * * * The 
government officials are aided by negro po- 
licemen, and both these and the white men 
violate the native women at will * * * When 
an uprising took place in Portuguese East 
Africa a few years ago in protest against 
these conditions, the Portuguese took a num- 
ber of prisoners and thriftily starved them to 
death * * * Much of the forced labor is ex- 
pended needlessly. Eoads arc built where 
there is no traffic, are made wider than neces- 
sary, are laid out by incompetent Portuguese 
engineers in the most inefficient manner, and 
the natives, being given no tools, are forced 
t > use their own crude implements?, and are 
then often beaten for failure to accomplish 
more * * * Twenty missionaries have left one 
district in the last eighteen months. — The 
New Eepublic. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



THE FIRST BRETHREN CHURCH 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania 
This report covers the period from Septem- 
ber 1st, to January 1st. Immediately upon 
returning from National Conference, we held 
a "Joint Sallying Meeting" composed of 
representative committees of all the auxil- 
iaries of the church. Thus we unified our ral- 
lying activities. The church and all organi- 



izations responded quickl.v to these rallying 
plans, audiences increased in numbers, and 
soon we were moving along with, at least the 
usual pace. 

The next forward step was the organization 
of "The Seventy." We issued a call for 
VOLUNTEERS to do PERSONAL WOEK, 
not just for a few weeks, but permanently. 
The response was most excellent. Over 80 
are now enrolled in this work. They are di- 



vided into teams with captains, etc. Wo have 
just enough organization and sj'stem to know 
the work is being accomplished, but it is all 
volunteer. We meet monthly and the pastor 
meets twice a month with the captains. The 
first month was given almost entirely to visit- 
ing the indifferent members of the church. 
Over 100 calls were made in this month. Then 
and since then, these noble workers have 
been calling in the homes of the unsaved. The 



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personal work done by the iSeventy contrib- 
uted very much to the success of our evan- 
gelistic campaign. Their work was so pro- 
nounced that several of the churches near us 
are patterning after the iSeventy in forming 
similar organizations. We highly recommend 
tliis plan to all Brethren churches. 

October was ''Preparation Month" for 
our evangelistic campaign. This church be- 
lieves in thorough preparation tor evangelism. 
Neither monej- nor effort is spared in inform- 
ing and arousing the membership and in ad- 
\ ertising in the general community. Yet, 
sensationalism and worldliness are kept out. 
The spiritual is made pre-eminent! During 
this month of preparation several families 
were received into membership. 

November was a great month of victories. 
On the lirst Sunday evening, we enjoyed the 
largest communion of the church's history. 
Brother Dyoll Belote, now pastor in Moxham, 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, assisted us. The 
next two weeks were occupied with intensive 
preparation for the coming of Dr. Bell. Thus, 
we had SIX WEEKS of genuine preparation 
for our evangelistic meetings. We were ready, 
waiting, anxiously expecting his arrival. 

Now, we record two unfortunate things 
about our meeting. It was unfortunate that 
we did not begin on Sunday. Brother Bell 
arrived on Monday and met just "The Seven- 
ty" that night. With no Saturday night ser- 
vice, we had only four public services the 
first week. Then, the second week was. 
Thanksgiving week with all the distracting 
interests that are unavoidable in a city. BUT, 
in spite of these two serious handicaps and a 
few others, the meeting was a pronounced 
success. There were 51 confessions. From 
October 1st, until the meeting opened we 
had received 18 at the regular services, mak- 
ing a total of 69 confessions in all. A few 
of these were reconsecrations and some 
sought membership elsewhere. We have re- 
ceived into membership 56 new members. 

Brother Bell preached sermons full of Gos- 
pel truth and Spirit power. The fundamental 
doctrines of Christianity were proclaimed 
fearlessly. Every message exalted Christ in 
his essential Deity of Person and Atonement 
for sin. The membership of the church was 
instructed, inspired, and unified. Brother 
Bell was at home among friends and the fel- 
lowship of the campaign was sweet. We feel 
absolutely sure that the Hand of the Lord 
was the guiding power bringing Brother Bell 
to us this year as our evangelist. 

Two events of more than usual interest 
liave become history since the meeting closed. 
' ' Brethren Night ' ' with ' ' Welcoming of New 
Jlembers" was celebrated with over 400 pres- 
ent. Bach new member had a "Big Brother" 
or "Big Sister" to see that they got ac- 
quainted. Our Christmas Cantata was ren- 
dered with credit. We have one of the best 
organs, organists, choir leaders, and volun- 
teer choirs in the city! It was an inspiration 
to see a choir of 45 voices volunteer to sing 
the praises of our Lord in this city in which 
church music is becoming commercialized to 
the extreme. 

Space does not permit the recording of all 
the advances made by the different organiza- 
tions of the church during the period covered 
by this report. However, since November 1, 



the Bible school has maintained the best rec- 
ord of attendance in its history. And now, 
we will soon go to Dayton for an evangelistic 
meeting. Pray for us that the Lord may be 
glorified in our ministry. 

EEV.. CHAELEiS H. ASHMAN, 
1154 Boyd Ave. 



NJBWIS OF THE COLLEGE 

School work was resumed Tuesdaj', January 
5. The semester will close January 29. 

Professor McClain spent the vacation with 
Dr. Bell at Dayton. 

Professor Anspach, Professor Mason and 
the writer attended an educational meeting 
at Colymbus. It was gratifying to note that 
the work of Ashland stands high in the esti- 
mation of those who have charge of the de- 
partment of Public Instruction in Ohio. The 
meeting had to do with the work of prepar- 
ing teachers at the College. 

The local congregation observed the week 
of prayer beginning last Monday. Dr. Bame 
preached Sunday morning and evening. Eev. 
Comer of the U. B. church proaEhed Monday 
evening; Dr. Porter of the M. E. church, 
Tuesday evening; Eev. Prather of the Church 
of the Brethren, Wednesday evening; Profes- 
sor McClain, Thursday evening; and the writ- 
er, Friday evening. 

Professor Puterbaugh attended the meeting 
of the Organic Chemists in Eochester, Now 
York during the vacation. 

Superintendent J. A. McDowell, of the Ash- 
land schools, was recently elected president 
of the Ohio State Teachers' Association. Mr. 
McDowell teaches in our summer school and 
this is quite a distinction for the College. 

Brother and Sister Link of the Canton 
church paid the college a visit recently. 

Dr. Bame, our pastor, has left for a meet- 
ing in one of the Johnstown churches. Mrs. 
Bame accompanied him. 

Three comforters were recently received at 
the Dormitory from the W. M. S. of Gratis, 
Ohio. 

EDWIN E. JACOBS. 



BETHEL CHURCH, MULVANE, KANSAS 

To the saints and faithful brethren, greet- 
ing: After reading how many churches and 
their pastors have prospered, we thought it 
good to report how this church is faring. 

Before I go into details, I want to state 
that I am going to report only what you 
would find to exist here if you were to visit 
us. A good cake is one that has beneath the 
frosting that which makes it what it appears 
to be on the outside. 

The Bethel church was organized forty-one 
years ago. It had eleven members and some 
of them are .still living. At the time our 
church history was written, Brother L. G. 
Wood was pastor of this church. Since then 
they have had a struggle to exist, 

We have been here a little over seven 
months, and we find that the Mulvane church 
depends very much on their pastor for lead- 
ership, and with proper shepherding, we be- 
lieve they can be moulded into a real, live- 
wire church. And we are praying that we 
may be able for the job. 

One thing that makes church work go for- 
ward is proper organization, and the church 



that tries to run without organization will 
fail. I was told once regarding the begin- 
ning of a certain organization, that this was 
too much machinery, and that the more ma- 
chinerj' a church had the sooner it would go 
to pieces. This may be true in some cases, 
but in general a church without organization 
and system is like an engine without a gov- 
ernor. We have adopted some system for 
doing things in this church. We have planned 
to have regular quarterly business meetings, 
to have communion twice a year, to have re- 
ports of all money paid in and paid out by 
the various organizations made once a quar- 
ter. This is only a starter and the people like 
it. 

The church was in need of a revival and 
it was decided that the delegates and the pas- 
tor should secure at the Mid-west district con- 
ference some one to hold us a two weeks' 
meeting. We were fortunate in getting 
Brother A. B. Cover. We set the date for 
November 2, to avoid the bad weather, but 
wo did not miss the bad weather. The meet- 
ing was just beginning to draw the crowds 
when the rain set in on Thursday and stopped 
the interest. 'The sky was clear in the sec- 
ond week until Friday when there was an- 
other rain and no services until Sunday. Sun- 
day night a fair crowd came out and we had 
to close. One confessed Christ on the last 
night, and was baptized on Monday and took 
communion with the church. 

We found Brother Cover a real co-worker 
and his ability as an evangelist is excellent. 
Could we have had an evangelistic meeting to 
begin when our revival came to a close the 
result would likely have been immense. Broth- 
er Cover left us with the church standing 
close to their pastor and his good advice has 
not lost its effect. We hope to have Brothj^r 
Cover try it again when the weather condi- 
tions are more favorable. Wq want to thank 
the Falls City church for so kindly loaning 
their pastor and pray the Lord to richlj' re- 
pay them. 

'Our church attendance runs close around 
seventy when weather permits, and the pros- 
pects for a church at this place are exception- 
ally good. 

On AVednesday night before Christmas the 
Bethel church put on a Christmas entertain- 
ment that was the best religious program I 
ever saw. It was the story of the birth oi" 
Christ told in action. It outdid the programs 
of the other churches in spirituality. That 
night we were told our place of worship was 
too small. 

Now here is what they do for their pastor. 
Last fall while I was at conference one good 
brother came down and plowed our wheat 
ground and sowed our wheat. This was W. 
E. Howard. Another slipped a front quarter 
of veal into our Ford; that was B. B. Davis 
Another brought a fine large piece of beef, 
about fifty pounds; that was Albert Howard. 
And just yesterday a Ford ran into our yard 
and left a quarter of a veal as a New Year's 
treat; that was M. L. Howard. All this makes 
us feel that the parish is thinking of us, and 
in gratitude we want to give them a square 
deal in services. That is our aim. 

Now you have the cake with the frosting 
on it, but it would not be fair not to tell you 
that the sugar has been rather scarce, be- 



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JANUARY 13, 1926 



cause of the hardships this church has had 
this year. The weather was exceedingly dry 
last summer and the farmers lost their corn 
crop; hundreds of acres were nothing but 
fodder and poor for that. Wheat made from 
two to si.xtcen bushels, and other crops suf- 
fered as well. And this hit the church hard. 
That the mission allowance was cut off; this 
was fifteen dollar.s a month. This might seem 
fair to any one who did not know the con- 
ditions of this church. If this church does 
not need the support now, it never did. And 
we are willing for any one to come here to 
investigate. I think any field ought to be 
investigated before it is cut off. And the 
Board should have some supervision over the 
church it supports, over the pastor and the 
field, so that the mission board and the field 
get a square deal. 

This part of our letter is not news but busi- 
ness. 

Pray for us. 

H. W. ANDEESON, Pastor. 



Junior Endeavor 

(Continued from page 11) 

chance to tell some one who does not know 
about Jesus, the story of Jesus' love, we 
should tell them the easiest things to under- 
stand. We want others to know of Jesus' 
love for all little boys and girls, so that they 
may learn to love and serve him. 

Then, let us Juniors remember to pray for 
the little Mexican children. Let us pray 
that they may learn to love Jesus, and let us 
remember Paul's message about how to tell 
others the story of God's love. Then, when 
we have a chance to help those who need us 
or if we should have an opportunity to be 
missionaries to the little Mexican children, 
we shall have the right spirit in which to 
help thorn. 

Daily Readings 
M., Jan. 18 A Sinful World. Eom. 3:10-12. 
T., Jan. 19 Superstition. Acts 17:16, 22, 23. 
W., Jan. 20 Call for Workers. Isa. 6:8. 
'T., Jan. 21 Call for support. 2 Cor. 9:7. 
F., Jan. 22 iSome opposition. Acts 13:44, 45. 
S., Jan. 23. Success. 1 Cor. 2:1-5. 

Ashland, Ohio. 



PLEASANT HILL 

Time passes swiftly, and it seems but yes- 
terday since we took up the work at Pleasant 
Hill, and yet more than six months have 
passed. We are glad that the Lord has 
blessed us together here and there has been 
a steady increase in the interest and attend- 
ance. Sunday, December 20, broke the rec- 
ord for a number of years in attendance and 
the WTiite Gift offering reached the highest 
point in five years, and only once did it ever 
exceed it and that was during War time 
when money was plenty. 

Financially the church is in better shape 
than for a long time and this in the face of 
conditions that would not seem to warrant 
it, for the most of our people are farmers and 
they are facing great financial distress just 
now. 

Christmas eve the entire community came 
to our church to witness a pageant ' ' The 
Adoration" which we are told was the best 
ever given in this church or community. It 



is certain that the committee worked faith- 
fully to make it very worthwhile. In addi- 
tion to the White Gift offering that was pre- 
sented at that time, seventy-five persons 
pledged their service to the active program 
of the church and the Master. 

We conducted a short series of meetings 
in November to revive the work and give it 
impetus, but the late fall and corn husking 
kept many from coming. The attendance was 
good however, considering the handicap. After 
continuing for two weeks we decided to close 
and open again at a more opportune time. 

Since our work began here we have been 
privileged to unite in matrimony three cou- 
ples: Miss Viola Swigart and Mr. Kenneth 
Helman; Miss Mildred Westfall and Mr. .Ray- 
mond Stoner; Mrs. Helena Chambers and Mr. 
Wm. iSchellhouse. We pray God's blessing 
upon these new homes that come under the 
influence of this church. 

It was our duty shortly after accepting the 
call here, to conduct the funeral services of 
Sister Mabel Carey. Miss Carey was the eld- 
est child of Brother and Sister Forest Carey. 
She passed away August 1, at the age of 16 
years, 7 months and 15 days. Miss Carey 
united with the church on Easter Sunday, 
1923, and was one of the sweetest lives we 
ever knew. Our loss was Heaven's gain. 

On October 21st the Angel of Death called 
another one of our flock. This time Sister 
Bessie Carey, the wife of Brother Henry 
Carey. iShe was one of our most loyal mem- 
bers. She and her husband were ordained as 
Deaconess and Deacon under the ministry of 
Brother W. J. Barnhart, and both were wide- 
ly known throughout the brotherhood. We 
were assisted in the funeral service by Breth- 
ren R. F. Porte, of Louisville; S. Lowman of 
Oakville, and W. J. Barnhart, of West Mil- 
ton. Her loss is keenly felt by her family 
and the church, who sorely miss her loving 
ministry. H. C. MAELIN. 



OLD DOMINION 

On the 27th of December the Bethlehem 
congregation near Harrisonburg, Rockingham 
County, Virginia, re-dedicated their church 
building, which was enlarged with S'unday 
school rooms nicely arranged. The entire 
cost was $3,000, which was all paid before 
the dedication day. On the same day we had 
a Sunday School Rally which was well at- 
tended, showing a growing and healthy con- 
dition. Our proficient superintendent. Broth- 
er Lee Logan, just knows how to do things. 
This congregation is moving forward on the 
old Gospel plan. No side lines of entertain- 
ing or amusements to draw the people. No 
long constitution to govern or discipline. We 
have an Official Board with 5 Deacons. The 
former look after the financial part. The 
latter the Spiritual and working parties look- 
ing to those who need encouragement and 
Christian help. All matters pertaining to the 
welfare and business are submitted to the 
congregation for ratification or rejection. So 
you see we are strictly congregational and 
stand upon the General Organization of the 
Brethren church. We are one body, working 
in peace and harmony for the promotion of 
the great cause of the Christian church. 
E. B. SHAVER, Pastor, 

Maurertown, Virginia. 



JOHN W. PLATT IS REAPPOINTED TO 
POSTAL JOB HERE 

(The following from "The Manteca Bul- 
letin" concerning the re-appointment of 
Brother Wesley Piatt as post master of Man- 
teca, California, wiU be of interest. Brother 
Piatt finds time also to shepherd the Breth- 
ren Mission, which is growing as rapidly as 
the town is growing. — Editor.) 
A Christmas Gift from Uncle iSam! 
And in the form of an appointment as post- 
master of Manteca for the next four years. 

This is the "Gift" received by Postmaster 
John W. Piatt from the president of the 
United States. Mr. Piatt received notice of 
his appointment Tuesday in a telegram from 
Senator iShortridge, now in Washington. The 
appointment is for four years. 

At the same time Postmaster Piatt received 
a letter of congratulation on the manner in 
which he had administered affairs at the local 
post office during the term just passed. 

The first news of his re-appointment was re- 
ceived by Mr. Piatt in the following letter 
from Robert N. Stanfield, chairman of the 
senate sub-committee on post offices and post 
roads: 

John W. Piatt, 

Manteca, California. 
My Dear Mr. Piatt: 

It is with pleasure that I am again to- 
day, as chairman of the sub-committee 
on post offices and post roads, recom- 
mending that your re-nomination for 
Postmaster of Manteca to be confirmed 
by the Senate. 

Congratulating you upon your past 
successful administration and wishing for 
you a continuance thereof, I am 
Most sincerely yours, 

Rob't N. Stanfield. 
This letter was followed by the following 
telegram from Senator Shortridge: 
John W. Piatt, 
Manteca, Cal. 

It gives me pleasure to advise you that 
the senate today confirmed your nomina- 
tion as post-master. Congratulations and 
best wishes. 

Samuel M. iShortridge. 
Mr. Piatt's past term expired on 'October 
3, and the new term will start with the recep- 
tion of his commission. He has served at 
Manteca as postmaster for the past five years. 



NEW PARIS, INDIANA 

I am always anxious to hear the news from 
the field, so will add my bit. We have noth- 
ing startling to report, but the church is at 
work. 

I am in my second year here. It is a real 
pleasure to work for the New Paris Brethren. 
All of our special offerings are taken up by 
the Sunday school. Recently these offerings 
have been so frequent that we came very 
near getting into a jam. Our worthy superin- 
tendent who is a good traffic manager, cleared 
the way and everything is moving on. The 
attendance at both church and S'unday school 
is on the increase. 

We feel honored to have in our work Kath- 
erine and David Jobson. These children have 
splendid homes with the Smoker brothers. 

We are sending a small Christmas present 
to the Yoder sisters at Ashland. I remember 



JANUARY 13, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 15 



these girls as children with their parents vis- 
iting in our home in the Chicago Mission on 
their way to the South American mission. The 
Brethren here stand ready to respond to,, 
every good work. Each year they gladden 
the pastor 's family with a Thanksgiving 
turkey. We have been remembered in a very 
substantial way privately by different mem- 
bers of the church for which we are very 
thankful. Brother J. L. Kimmel of Muncie 
conducted a two weeks' meeting for us re- 
cently. We certainly all enjoyed his splen- 
did sermons. We do not have a largo field 
here so the purpose of the meeting was ac- 
complished. We have decided to repair and 
beautify the church in the spring. The W. 
M. iS. is an ideal society with Mrs. Eva Eos- 
coe president. 

We held a very enjoyable communion on 
the 17th of December, the same being the 
pastor's birthday. Brother Stuckman and 
wife from Goshen, Brother Teeter and wife 
from Warsaw, were with us and assisted in 
the services. 

Ardmore 
This church has called me to be their pas- 
tor for another year. They have decided to 
hold their revival in the spring, the pastor to 
do the preaching. This evidently will soon 
be the Second Brethren church of South 
Bend. The Ardmore field is more like a city 
mission. The personality is largely young 
people and children. Homes are being built 
all around the church and people are moving 
in constantly. A number of our best work- 
ers have gone to California for the winter, 
which makes the work heavy on those that 
remain. The attendance is good; no other 
church near us. The work is well organized. 
Brother Glenn Carpenter is Sunday school su- 
perintendent, Brother Clyde Gleaner, presi- 
dent of the Christian Endeavor, and Mrs. 
Glenn Carpenter, president of the W. M. iS. 

The great need of this church is a local 
pastor. I suppose I can not impress the 
brotherhood with the importance of this field. 
The territory is two miles square with no 
other church near. The people are mostly 
prosperous, employes of Studebakers, Sing- 
ers, Olivers and Birdsoll Manufacturers. 
Many of them are high class workmen. Plenty 
of men and money to carry on. There must 
be a leader on the field. I am doing the best 
I can but I am forty miles away. 

One of the biggest things here is pastoral 
work, which I enjoy doing. Most of the old 
Pairview members are supporting the work. 
We were rejoiced to hear that the Ardmore 
Calif ornians will return in the sprnig. What's 
the good in taking such long vacations any- 
way? 

Dutchtown, ludiaiiA 
This church has no pastor at present. 
I organized this church twenty-eight years 
ago under the auspices of the Indiana Mis- 
sion Board. I have done special work for 
them. They have a good church house, well 
equipped, in a thickly settled community. 
Quite a number of real Brethren are there. 
I have been frequently called to conduct 
funerals and now while I write I am called 
to preach the funeral of a young mother who 
lies in a home next door to the church. I 
have taken it upon my self to preach for 
them occasionally on Sunday afternoons until 



they can do better. I believe in foreign mis- 
sions with all my heart, but it is not good 
Christian business to neglect these home 
fields. 

This is my remedy — Let each district em- 
ploy a preacher that is not afraid of work 
to be pastor of the pastorless churches. 

B. H. FLORA. 



THE GIPT OF GIFTS 

"Who * * * gave himself for me" — Gal. 2:20. 

Hester Alway Reisinger 

Himself for me! O re-creative word 
'The pregnant aeons of tihe past that stirred, 
At last, at last my sleeping soul hath heard. 
And all the Universe is changed — transfused 
With Love. In that the primal light suffused 
Cosmos appears from out Earth's chaos twice 
confused. 

Himself for me! The mighty Lord of lilfe! 
Then all is mine, and all that is, is rife 
WitSi good to me, despite the seeming strife. 
Pain pearls begets, sorrow sweet sympathy, 
The stars are bom of Night's vast mystery, 
And death is slave to Life's all-conquering 
mastery. 

Himself for me! Then I was made for thee 
O Love. Self of myself, my being's shoreless 

Sea. 
Deep answereth to deep. O bliss to be 
Homed in thy heart — made strong to serve, 
Made rich to give, to give without reserve. 
Nor ever from the Calvary road to swerve. 
Washington, D. C. 



DO YOU EVEK MAKE A MISTAKE? 

Some people seem to think they do not. The 
pope and others claim to live above the low 
level of mistake making. Many of us are 
prone to magnify the mistakes of others. We 
see many times only the mistakes and errors 
and fail to observe the virtues and merits in 
our fellows and their efforts. The following 
from the New Carlisle Sun will be worth 
while to any with this tendency: 

"Next time you hear a citizen complain- 
ing about typographical errors in his home 
paper, or in any other paper, just hand him 
these few figures: In an ordinary column there 
are 10,000 of type; there are seven possible 
wrong positions for each letter; there are 
70,000 chances to make an error, and millions 
of possible transpositions. In this one sen- 
tence, ';ro be or not to be,' by transposition 
alone, it has been figured out, 2,759,022 errors 
can be made. Newspaper people, from the 
'devil' up to the boss, and other high officials, 
are merely human, and liable to err. Don 't 
be nosing around for errors, but read for in- 
formation you can get, and the good you can 
get. You'll find errors enough in your daily 
walk through life without having to hunt for 
them in a newspaper." — Richmond Advocate. 



deavor is absolutely the best form of young 
people's organization. 

The critic is right. That is exactly the po- 
sition taken in "Progressive Endeavor." 
Amos E. Wells does really from his heart be- 
lieve that about Christian Endeavor. More- 
over, he has dared to say so in just so many 
words over and over. And still further, he 
has had the temerity to give reasons, many 
reasons, unanswerable reasons, for his good 
opinion of Christian Endeavor. 

People who believe as he does and who 
want to raise up a strong body of convinced 
and enthusiastic Endeavorers are really quite 
enthusiastic about the book. People who dis- 
like Christian Endeavor, and want to substi- 
tute for it a department of the Sunday school, 
do not like the book a little bit. And we are 
not surprised. Indeed, we should be disap- 
pointed if they did like it. Woe unto books, 
as well as men, when everybody speaks well 
of them. — Arrow in C. E. World. 



HE BELIEVEIS IN CHEISTIAN EN- 
DEAVOR 

A certain denominational leader of young 
people's work condemns the new Christian 
Endeavor text-book, "Progressive Endeav- 
or," by Amos R. Wells, on the ground that 
it takes throughout the old-fashioned and very 
much behind-the-times view that Christian En- 



LA VERNE, CALIFORNIA 

The past few months have been ones of con- 
siderable activity for our church and for the 
pastor. For the pastor because, beside feed- 
ing and tending his own flock, he has been 
called on for so many outside lectures. He 
gave Bible studies and illustrated lectures at 
the Northwest district conference at Spokane 
and in the past quarter has given eight il- 
lut-tratod lectures at County Christian En- 
deavor Rallies. At each one of these, deci- 
sions have been made — either for the confes- 
sion of Christ or for rededication of lives. 
At one where only fifty were in attendance, 
eleven young folks accepted Jesus Christ as 
their personal Savior. I'm sure many of you 
will be interested in reading Brother Tay's 
articles on his travels which are to appear in 
the Evangelist this year. 

Now as to the church's activities, a church 
attendance campaign has been inaugurated 
which has helped materially in increasing the 
attendance. Full houses have been occasion- 
ed by the presentation of a most impressive 
missionary pageant, a unique Sunday School 
White Gift program, a masterful Christmas 
cantata, preceded by painted pictures of 
Bethlehem, and the Los Angeles Bibb Insti- 
tute's sacred concert. Last night we held our 
annual business meeting and supper in con- 
nection with a watch night service and dis- 
covered that things were in good shape. The 
pastor's salary was raised. There are 229 
members on the roll. Over $1,700 was given 
by members to missions, the church having 
raised some $7,500 during the year. We shall 
be glad when the church is all paid for so 
we may have that much more for missions. 
And while we are speaking of missions, I 
might say that the church and the Young 
People's Sunday School class are selecting 
wedding gifts to send to Chauneey Sheldon, 
our own missionary on the African field, so 
they may get there in time for the wedding, 
which will likely be some time in the spring 
or summer. Miss Hattie Cope of Kentucky 
will share these gifts with him. We have sent 
two boxes to Africa so far, and one barrel 
and two boxes of clothing and gifts to Ken- 
tucky. 

The Sunday school is growing. The aver- 
age attendance was 179 for this quarter as 
against 164 for the last. We are pleased with 



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the success of our new plan of a Sunday 
school motto each quarter. IXhis motto, which 
was ' ' Kemember Jesus Christ ' ' for last quar- 
ter, was framed and hung in the front and 
back of the church; many had them in their 
homos, and talks were given on it each Sun- 
day. The class reports were all good. Here 
are a couple of items from the yearly report 
of a class of high school girls to encourage 
other like classes: They raised $142.50— $85 
going to foreign missions. Part of it was 
used to send SUO New Testaments to the 
needy licld of Russia. The W. M. S. and the 
three Christian Endeavor societies are all ac- 
tive. 

The one thing that we are now concentrat- 
ing every effort upon is our coming revival 
meeting with Dr. L. S. Bauman of Long 
Beach as evangelist — beginning January 10. 
Special prayer meetings are being held and 
we are looking for sinners to be saved and 
saints to be built up. 

May his richest blessing rest upon all of 
you who are putting forth similar efforts. 
MRS. HARRY L. GOOD. 



A. CORRECTION 

V\ e regret that Htter the Ohio Conference 
minutes were published it was discovered that 
several of the pages of copy had gotten mixed 
before being set into type, and as a result 
certain portions did not read correctly. It is 
difficult to point out the corrections in every 
case, but that portion regarding the Mission 
Board's appropriations is herewith reprinted: 
APPROPRIATIONS 

Fremont, $400 

.Springfield Center, 300 

Mansfield, 400 

Rittman, 100 

Mt. Zion, 100 

Columbus, 300 



Business Manager's Corner 



A Great Day Coming 

About thirty years ago the writer attended 
his first Brethren conference of the Indiana 
district at Milford, Indiana. He remembers 
.several incidents of that conference, one of 
which was the request by one of the pastors 
to sing a solo just before he was obliged to 
start for home. The song was "There's a 
Great Day Coming," which was a new song 
at that time. 

'There is a great day coming, in fact there 
should be many GREAT days in one's life 
even before the JUDGMENT DAY. And in 
the church of Jesus Christ there should be 
frequent great days preparatory to the ONE 
great day which all must meet. The great 
days to which I refer are days of opportunity, 
and one's standing on the ONE great day 
will lie measured largely by the manner in 
which he used his opportunities on other 
great days. 

One of the great days in the Brethren 
church is the day on which an opportunity is 
given to every member of the church to make 
a contribution to the fund for paying for the 
Piiblisliing House luiilding. January twenty- 



four is the great day this year, or the Sunday 
nearest that date for those churches that do 
not have weekly services. 

Go Forward 

When Moses started with the children of 
Israel toward the promised land, and mot 
with some difficulties and obstructions, he 
was ordered to "go forward." 

We believe these are the orders for all 
Christian workers. Do not stop to mourn 
over obstacles, but "go forward." 

Has The Brethren Publishing Company 
gone forward? A brief comparison will an- 
swer the question. Take a good look at the 
old Washington Hand Press shown on page 
one this week which was used industriously 
by Brother Holsinger in the pioneer days of 
Brethren publications, and then take another 
look at our modern Optimus Presses illus- 
trated on pages four and five. A vast field of 
progress has been covered between these two 
periods of time. Much of this progress has 
been made in the last fifteen years. A groat 
deal of it in the last six years. 

But the point we would make is little, if 
any, of this progress could have been made 
had it not been for the co-operation of the 
loyal pastors and members of the church who 
constantly have the burden of the church 
resting on their hearts, and who are willing 
to "pray" and to "pay" for advancement 
of this department of the Lord's work. 

Let our offering on this occasion be the 
best one yet made. Men who are acquainted 
with the financial affairs of our country tell 
us that 1925 was the most prosperous year 
America has had since the close of the World 
War. This being the case our offering should 
be largely increased out of pure thankfulness. 
Have we counted, and do we appreciate our 
blessings? 

The Brethren Evangelist 

It seems to me the subscriptions to the 
Brethren Evangelist are coming into the 
office with unprecedented promptness at the 
beginning of this year. In fact they are com- 
iffg in so rapidly it is impossible for us to 
keep up with the revising of our mailing list. 
This is a tremendous task to carry on in con- 
nection with the rest of our many duties in 
the office, but we are trying to do the best 
we can, and we hope to be able to catch up 
in a couple of weeks by doing a great deal of 
night work. 

S( veral of our pastors have asked for 
copies of the mailing list of their churches to 
enable them to check up on their subscription 
lists. Wo are always glad to supply these 
lists, but it is quite a task to get such lists 
ready and we can not always do thts as soon 
as requested but we hope to supply all these 
requests in the next few days. 

Some of our churches that have been on 
the Evangelist Honor Roll are sending us the 
largest list of subscriptions this year they 
have ever sent to us. We are always cheered 
by the enlargement of the list of subscrip- 
tions from any church, whether it be large or 
small. 

This, I think, fills all the space allotted me 
by our editor, so I must come to a close; but 
lastly brethren, don 't fail to make your con- 
tribution to the Publication Day fund, and if 
your church does not make an offering as a 



church, we receive mail every day, and a 
check enclosed in a personal letter is always 
thankfully received. 

R. R. TEETER, Business Manager. 



TRACT PROMOTION 
CORNER 

Propagate the Gospel 
By Use of the Printe4|Pa£e 



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A Wonderful Present 

A j'oung lady one time received a very 
strange, yet wonderful present. This young 
lady was expecting a valuable present. She 
had set her heart upon a piece of jewelry. 
This gift was expected to come from a dear 
friend, the hospitality of whose home the 
young lady of the story one time enjoyed. At 
the proper time the gift arrived and the 
young lady eagerly opened the package and 
found only a common door key with a card 
attached to it by a ribbon. The lady was 
greatly disappointed and did not read the in- 
scription on the card for a time, but when 
she did, this is what she read, "The key to 
the door of the house of a friend. It is yours 
to use. Use it every day if you wish." The 
meaning dawned upon the young lady; it 
meant that the fine home of her friend was 
always open to her. 

Dear Reader, there may be some one near 
you who does not know that the riches of 
grace in Christ Jesus are open to them. That 
one may be in deep distress and all you need 
to do is to give them a good tract and a 
cheery word and they have the key to the 
rich treasure house of God. 

R. P. PORTE, 
Director of Tract Publicity. 

BRETHREN TRACTS 

The Plea of the Fathers— Do«s It Need Re- 
vision? (16 pp.) by G. W. Bench, per 

dozen, 25 cents. 
Baptism, (8 pp.) by GiUIn, per 100, 50 cents. 
Our Lord's Last Supper — A New Testament 

Ordinance, (16 pp.) by J. L. Eimmel, per 

dozen, 25 cents. 
Feet Washing A Churcli Ordinance, (4 pp.) 

by Gillin, per 100, 35 cents. 
The New Testament Teaching of the Lord's 

Supper, (6 pp.) by Bench, per 100, 45 

cents. 
Doctrinal Statements, (52 pp) by Miller, per 

dozen 75 cents, single copies 10 cents. 
Some Fundamental Christian Doctrines, by J. 
M. Tombaugh, 25 cents post paid. 
These are well written doctrinal tracts, 
concise and to the point. Every Brethren 
ch-rch should have a liberal supply for dis- 
tribution among pros"i^ctive members and 
also among many who are already members 
of the church, but who have no clear idea 
of the peculiar doctrinal teaching of the 
Brethren. 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING CO., 
Ashland, Ohio. 



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THE PRACTICE OF 
PENjITENCE 




|NLY penitence can see "with open face" the 
one vision that can subdue and satisfy a 
world — the vision of a man on a cross — and 
this vision the ascetics had. They strove 
after an interior knowledge of sin, after a glimpse 
of the love that sin has stricken to the heart; and, 
say what we will, here, and nowhere else, is the 
beginning of illumination, the great wisdom of unseen 
eyes. It is at once a daring adventure and a sweet 
safety, for the contrite heart is an explorer of new 
planets and a dweller at the Father's hearth. 
"Satan," says John Pulsford quaintly, "can convert 
illumination into a snare, but contrition is beyond 
his art." 



"Meaning and Value of Mysticism" 
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JANUARY 20, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

Official Organ of the Brethren Church 

Published weekly by the Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio, at $2.00 per year in advance. 



George S. Baer, 
R. R. Teeter, 



Editor 
Business Manager 



Entered at the Post Office at Ashland, Ohio, as second class 
matter. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided 
for in section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized September 
y, 1918. 



IN THIS NUMBER 

' ' Fruits of Pacifism ' ' — Editor, 2 

America Dry by Comparison — Editor, 2 

Editorial Review, 3 

Except Ye Strive Lawfully — G. W. Bench, 4 

Christian Business Acumen — DyoU Belote, !3 

Palestine and Its People— H. H. Tay, (i 

Brethrenism and Modern Demands (III)) — W. E. Bonk, 7 

The Iniquity of Silence — Harold W. Tabor, S 

Our Worship Program — Editor, i) 

The Lure of the Unattained — Arthur P. Petit, S) 

Sunday School Lesson Notes — Editor, 11 

Christian Endeavor Week — J. A. Garber, 11 

Observe 0. E. Week— L. P. Clapper, 11 

Junior Notes — Virginia Haun, 11 

Miss Nielsen 's Busy Life — Alice Longaker, 12 

Itinerating with the Gospel — ^^Hattie Cope, 12 

News from the Field, 12-lt) 

The Tie That Binds and In the Shadow, 16 

Tract Corner— R. F. Porte, IG 



EDITORIAL 



"Fruits of Pacifism" 

The above was the caption of an editorial which appeared in 
the leading daily paper of Cleveland under date of January 13th, 
upon the occasion of the six to one vote of the Cleveland Board of 
Education to do away with military training in Cleveland high 
schools. This vote to eliminate military training from the school 
curriculum was declared to be " the perfect fruit of pacifism. ' ' The 
great daily considered this a most unwise and lamentable move, and 
held those, whose votes were responsible, up to ridicule as dwelling 
in "that familiar fool's paradise where future wars are considered 
impossible because they ought to be", and as failing to "keep their 
feet on the ground when they think." We are not interested in the 
action of this particular school board, nor the remarks of this par- 
ticular paper, except as they are representative of two opposing 
forces manifesting themselves throughout the country. 

This paper is correct when it says such action is ' ' the perfect 
fruit of pacifism", but it does not seem to realize how natural and 
inevitable it is that such fruit should be increasingly manifest — 
that as certainly as the pacific spirit gets into the hearts of people, 
so certainly they immediately begin to throw overboard the schemes 
that are calculated to foster militarism. And that is just what is 
happening. Militaristic demonstrations of any sort, whether of the 
valueless, and often vicious, type carried on in high schools, or of 
the unpopular National Defense Day type, or of the foolishly expen-. 
aive and internationally offensive naval display type, are becoming 
more and more distasteful to the enlightened public. Nor are men 
and women to be frightened into submission any more so easily by 
being ridiculed as "pacifists." An increasingly larger number of 
them are coming not to object to the term. It is losing the unsavory 
connotation that it once carried in the public mind and that militar- 
ists and their supporting press would still iini>art to it. And it is 
destined to grow in respectability and popular favor as the spirit 
of the Gospel penetrates more and more the public conscience, for that 
is the source whence it emanates. The spirit of pacifism is being 
welcomed as the answer to the deep-seated yearning of the human 
heart for peace and the fulfillment of the angelic prophecy concern- 
ing the destined influence of the Prince of Peace. 

The militaristic press may ridicule if it will, but people are com- 
ing to realize that it is no "fool's paradise" policy but just ordinary 



common sense to stop preparing and training for war, if they would 
stop war. Their feet are planted not on the shifting sands of com- 
petitive armaments and war-efficiency, but upon the eternal principles 
of reason and cooperation, of forbearance and right conduct, of un- 
selfishness and service. The "pacifist" does not object to an inter- 
national j)olice any more than he objects to local police, but he does 
not believe it is necessary to the peace and safety of our country 
to militarize its citizens and to build up vast armaments and armies 
ai a threat to an imaginary aggressor. These things, if they do not 
actually tend to provoke war, make men more ready to fight upon 
slight provocation. Give our nation a large military machine, well- 
officered and trained, ready for use at a moment 's notice, and we 
shall soon find use for it in "protecting our interests." Moreover, 
the larger the number of men whom wo permit to be trained and 
given the military mind and view of things, the more easily will the 
militaristic group control the policies of our country. And such con- 
trol it seems the rank and file of our country are in no frame of 
ndnd to encourage or tolerate. In preference, there is a widespread 
turning to policies that make no show of resistance and promote the 
spirit of confidence and good will. 

Besides, there is a growing recognition that, regardless of one's 
attitude toward a policy great military efficiency, military training 
in high schools is both useless and vicious. And in substantiation of 
this assertion we may quote not only enemies but friends of military 
training. The principal of the Peabody Military School, San Antonio, 
Texas, said in a letter written to the Cleveland school board, as re- 
ported in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: 

"I am not opposed to military drill, but I- am opposed to R. O. 
T. C. drill, because the army officers we had here did not conform 
to our rules," the letter said. "Our rule prohibiting cigaret smok- 
ing was flagrantly violated by the army officers." 

Further testimony on this point was given by Bev. J. H. L. 
Trout, a Cleveland minister, who is a member of a church that is not 
noted for its pacifism, and who declared that he had served in a 
reserve officers' training camp. Notwithstanding this background 
favorable to military training he said: 

"But I live across the street from AVest IToch High school, and 
I see the boys drilling every day, and I have had an excellent oppor- 
tunity to find out something about military training in the schooLs, " 
he said. 

No Help to Preparedness 

' ' I have come to the conclusion that the country has done much 
itary in our schools, 
for militarism and very little for real preparedness, in putting mil- 

" So far as its military value is concerned, I am not sure but 
that just as much could be taught to more mature boys of 21 in a 
few weeks or a month, at most. And it is responsible for consider- 
able corruption. 

' ' For instance, the army officers are not supposed to smoke, but 
thej' have their rendezvous, and the boys know that they steal in 
there and smoke. 

' ' There are guards about the building. I don 't know whether 
they are placed there for correction or whether that is part of the di.s- 
cipline: but I do know that each guard will let his particular friends 
out so they can run down the street for a smoke, and that the friends 
will reciprocate when they are on guard duty. 

"Instead of learning the snap, the poise, and the discipline sup- 
posed to go with military training, the boys learn corruption. It is 
an entering wedge to universal military training, and at too young 
an age. All we have taught the boy is glorification of the uniform 
and contempt and intolerance for anybody who is working for peacp. 

"I see it in my church and Sunday school; I see sneers at a 
prayer for peace. ' ' 

It would seem from these testimonies that the militarists have 
launched a scheme that is working against their own aims, that the 
military drill in schools is proving such an obviously unwholesome 
and useless affair that it is turning sentiment against the training 
of civilians for war in times of peace. And this, wo are told, is 
"the perfect fruit of pacifism." Thank God, if it is. It is evidence 
that the persuasive, heart-winning powers of the Prince of Peace are ■ 
beginning to prevail. Let us thank God that we are "pacifists", and 
take courage that our Gospel-founded principles are meeting with 
such wide favor, and go forth to preach and to practice them with 
more boldness. 



America Dry by Comparison 

Much wet propaganda and ill-considered talk is being heard re- 
garding the wetness of dry America and the dryness of wet England 
ir, comparison. It seems strange that .so many intelligent drys should 
fail to recognize the source and purpose of .such comparisons, — that 



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they have their origin in the brain of some wet publicity agent and 
arc put out for the sole purpose of discrediting the prohibition regime. 

Every informed person knows that prohibition enforcement is 
not one hundred per cent perfect, in fatit, that there are a great 
many slips and crooks in the process. It would be unreasonable to 
expect anything else in the effort to make effective a, reform measure 
that move vitally effects the whole country economically and socially 
than even the freeing of the Negro. The thing that should really 
surprise us is in the degree of success with which it has been enforced 
in the face of almost insurmountable obstacles and the most vicious 
and persistent opposition, and at the same time the remarkable fruits 
that have in so short a time become manifest from even an imper- 
fect enforcement. The extent to which we have succeeded in drying 
up America becomes quickly evident and is really astounding when 
we take a glance by way of comparison at any of our contemporaries, 
and see the ravage of an unsubdued liquor traffic. 

Of interest to this point is the series of articles in The Outlook 
by Ernest W. Mandeville, who has made a careful survey of the pro- 
hibition situation in America, and has taken occa.sion to refute the 
contention recently set forth by Sir William Arbuthnot Lane, that 
"America under prohibition is less temperate than England." He 
says: 

"No matter how much one is disillusioned about the dryness of 
our own country, he cannot but be terrifically depressed, by the ap- 
palling sights of filth and degeneracy of the London pulilic houses." 
"After a close study of the bootlegging evils in the United (States 
and then a tour of observation through Great Britain, I feel strongly 
that I would rather see America under prohibition than America sod- 
den with drink, as is England." "I have become convinced of the 
superiority of our prohibition (with all its faults) to the political 
and social domination of the liquor trade in Great Britain and its 
consequent evils." 

"In England," Mr. Mandeville continues,, "a. firmly intrenched 
liquor trade, supported by both temporal and spiritual peers, is sad- 
dling the populace . . . with a national drink bill of approximately 
$1,770,000,000. . . . The convictions for drunkenness of women have 
doubled since the war. ... It is estimated that the average family 
expenditure on drink is $175 a year." 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 

We say so much more by the way we say it than l^y what we 
say, that it takes an impersonator to quote a person correctly. 

The newspaper clipping concerning Brother Wood of Fort 8cott, 
Kansa.s, printed in the news department, is not distinctly a newsletter, 
but it has a news value and wo are giving it a place there. 

DON'T FAIL TO TAKE THAT PUBLICATION DAY OFFER- 
ING, if not on January 24th, then at the very first opportune time. 
And make it a generous offering; give your Publishing Hou.se a 
chance. 

An interesting letter from Miss Hattie Cope informs us of a suc- 
cessful evangelizing trip, from the Bassai station in Africa, by her- 
self and Mrs. Kennedy resulting in the conversion of eleven men 
and one woman. 

Doea your church have Brethren doctrinal tracts, which members 
may put in the hands of interested friends, or placed in a conven- 
iently located rack where strangers may quietly ami unobtrusively 
select what they want? 

Christian Endeavor Week suggestions are supplied this week by 
Professor J. A. Garber, President of the National Organization. Every 
Society should make much of this celebration of the forty-fifth anni- 
versary of the birth of Christian Endeavor. 

An interesting report comes from Hampton, New Jerse.v, the 
first we heard directly from this little mission group, which had its 
beginning in an evangelistic campaign conducted by Brother A. E. 
Thomas during the summer of 192."^. They number nineteen in all 
and are much encouraged under the leadership of Brother S. Adams 
, of Philadelphia. 

Brother Charles W. Maj'-os, pastor of the Lanark, Illinois, church 
recently assisted in an evangelistic campaign at Springfield Center, a 
suburb of Akron, Ohio, where Brother Leslie Lindower is the faithful 
student pastor. Ten confessions are reported, notwithstanding the 
difficulties. It should be encouraging to Ohio churches to learn that 
this mission point .is making commendable progress. . 



When we talk about a dead church we usually don 't mean what 
we say; it's just a polite way of saying that the individual mem- 
bers are indifferent, and have lost their religion. 

Brother H. M. Oberholtzcr, the hard-working and persevering pas- 
tor, of the church at Columbus, Ohio, reports the evangelistic cam 
paign recently conducted by Brother A. E. Thomas, who in a most 
able manner held forth the Word of Life, with the result that four 
were added to the church at a time when such a campaign was diffi- 
cult. The church is said to bo greatly revived and the pastor is en- 
couraged. 

Brother Thoburn C. Lyon, the capable writer of the Christian 
Endeavor notes in THE ANGELUS, has accepted a call to the pas- 
torate of the St. James congregation at Lydia, Maryland, which was 
made vacant at last General Conference time by the leaving of 
Brother L. V. King to take the pastorate at New Lebanon, Ohio. 
Brother Lyon was formerly pastor at Washington C. H., Ohio, w^here 
Brother S. E. Christiansen is now in charge. 

In a pcr.sonal communication Brother Edwin Boardman, pastor 
at Waterloo, Iowa, we read the following interesting item: "Eliza- 
beth Lee Boardman was born Thursday morning, January 7th, at 
0:40 o'clock. Weight seven pounds and fourteen ounces. Both mother 
and baby are doing splendidly." We can understand now better why 
he wished to drop his Sunday school lesson writing. We didn 't like 
to have him quit, but we can't much blame him for wanting more 
time for Elizabeth Lee. Anyway we extend in behalf of the Evan- 
gelist family most hearty congratulations to Brother and Sister Board- 
man. 

The Second church of Los Angeles, California, closes another year 
under the leadership of Dr. E. M. Cobb with an enviable record. Last 
year the increase, was one hundred per cent; this year it has been 
si.xty-three plus. The year ended with a membership of 317, a net 
gain of 123. The Sunday school has an enrollment of 382 and an 
average attendance of 320, three more than their church member.ship. 
Financially they have done well, also, reporting $6,000.00 raised dur- 
ing the year, in addition to the buulding funds. The slogan for the 
new year is "Every member of the church a member of the (Sunday 
School." 

We have often heard of missionaries burying themselves in far- 
away lands, and Miss Johanna Nielsen has almost literally done 
that, so far as any news reaching us from her is concerned. We 
knew however that she was very modest and averse to getting into 
print, and now Miss Longaker has revealed a still more satisfactory 
reason — she has been just too busy to write. And it is evident that 
she has been leading a most active life since she entered the work 
of a missionary. "That Office Secretary" is absolutely right; mis- 
sionaries and pastors, who really take their tasks seriou^y, are not 
"people of leisure." 

At Dayton, Ohio, has been built up a great church in a remark- 
ably short period of time. It has not been so long since this was a 
wai'd of the Ohio Mission Board. During the last fourteen years it 
has grown from a membership of 300 to 1(500, and a large share of 
the credit of directing this great work is due to Dr. W. 8. Bell, who 
has been its able pastor for ten years. And under his capable lead- 
ersliip it is still aggressive and growing. An evangelistic campaign 
is now in progress, with Brother Charles H. Ashman as the preacher, 
and high hopes are entertained for a gfeat ingathering. Brother Bell, 
to do the great work he has done there, has proven Himself not only 
a talented preacher of the Word, but a skilful organizer and leader 
of men. His wisdom is shown by taking into his counsel and sharing 
his leadership with such able men as Attorney Orion E. Bowman and 
Eev. William A. Gearhart, and many others who are occupying 
positions of large responsibility in that great congregation. Brother 
Bell having acce^jted the call to conduct the college endowment cam- 
paign, the Dayton church has been fortunate in securing as his suc- 
cessor. Dr. W. H. Beachler of S'outh Bend, Indiana, whose proven 
ability as a pulpiteer and leader of men, makes his selection one of 
much promise. Prof. Alva J. McClain of the Ashland Seminary, is 
to supplj' the pulpit during the summer months, until the new pastor 
can arrive on the field. We congratulate Dayton for returning to the 
Evangelist Honor Eoll. So great a church could not well stay off. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



Except We Strive Lawfully 

By G. W. Rench, D.D. 



Elder G. W. Rench 



The above caption is taken from the famous 
chapter of St. Paul's Second Letter to Tim- 
othy, verse 5. "And if a man also strive for 
masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he 
strive lawfully." The .iVmerican Revised ren- 
ders it, "And if also a man contend in the 
games, ho is not crowned, except he have con- 
tended lawfully." Moffatt translates the pas- 
sage thus: "Again, a competitor in the games 
is not crowned unless he observe the rules." 

In this figure of speech, Paul is on the race 
course once more. He is nearing the clo.se of 
life; writing his last message, and that to a 
young preacher. And what is on his heart? 
"Striving lawfully." "Observing the rules." 
In common, every-day speech it is, "playing 
the game." What is Paul saying but just 
this: THE CHRISTIAN RACE MUST BE 
RUN ACCORDING TO THE RULES? The 
average Sunday school boy would say, "You 
must hit safe, and run the bases fair." The 
pious whine, "What's the difference, just so one is sincere," 
would immediately arouse the contempt of the gang, and he 
would be hijssed out of the game. In the great game of 
which St. Paul is speaking, neither can SINCERITY take 
the place of the RULES. The game must be played. If one 
KNOWS the game and is WILLING to play it, his sincerity 
is never in the way. King Saul in sparing Agag might have 
been sincere, but he was dead wrong for refusing to "strive 
lawfully." The rules of tlie game and one's sincerity 
should never be separated. Why should they be ? Saul lost 
his kingdom. Lot's wife was sincere. Naaman almost 
missed it by permitting his sincerity to stand in the way of 
the "rules" of the prophet when he was directed to go to 
the Jordan river to be healed of his leprosy. The prophet 
told him to dip seven times in the Jordan. He thought other 
I'ivers were just as good. Obedience even against his will 
brought healing. Yes, God's work must be done in God's 
way. Paul says, "strive lawfully." 

Sin has twisted and distorted and damned' the soul 
until man is utterly hopeless in estimating the gigantic 
TASK of preparing that soul for the pure, spotless white of 
heaven. Man's conceit and his pride stands squarely in his 
way of seeing himself as God sees him. To prepare himself 
for such associates as Jesus and the angels, and where liis 
thoughts must ever be pure, is a PROCESS SO INTRICATE 
and SO PROFOUND AS TO TAX THE WISDOM OF GOD ! 
As well permit the ten- 
year-old to determine what 
his course of study shall be 
for the raminder of his 
school days as to think 
man capable of determining 
what his training must be 
to whiten his soul for the 
"land that is fairer than 
day." The unknown quan- 
tity in the equation is en- 
tirely beyond the compre- 
hension of proud and wick- 
ed man. To bring man to 

the place where he is willing to permit the Great Phy.sieian 
to map out the exercise for his patients, is the task oL" all 
tasks. To permit man to exercise the freedom of his will, 
and yet fit him for heaven, is a problem so staggering that 
any man who insists on doing tlie job in his own way is 
an object of concern and pity. He certainly is sailing on 




unknown seas without a chart or compass. 
Smart, say you? No — reckless. It was just 
such hopelessness as this that led Paul to say, 
"I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so 
fight I, not as one that beateth the air; but I 
keep under my body, and bring it into sub- 
jection : lest that by any means when I have 
pi-cached to others, I myself should be a 
y<^Jg castaway" (1 Cor. 9:26, 27). The scholars 

/ J^K tell us that the word "castaway" is literally 

"disapproved." Moffatt translates: "In case, 
iiftei' preaching to other people, I am dis- 
qualified myself." You see, after ninning, 
after fighting, there is such a thing as being 
"disqualified." 

A "contender in the games", and throwing 
the rules to the air? That is what every sin- 
cere preacher, every church officer, is up 
against tliese days. In Paul's analysis, suc- 
cess hinged also on "the rules of the game." 
About nine times out of ten now, success is 
measured by the size of the crowd and the amount of the 
collection. The plea is, one must have a crowd before he 
can get his message across. AVhat do the "i-ules of the 
game" amount to anyhow, says the average crowd-chaser. 
And the old world is going to hell so fast, as Mr. Sunday 
puts it, "that it is breaking the speed limits." If you can 
not have both, which ig the more important in its far-reach- 
ing consequences, the crowd, or the God given message? 

The injunction to get a crowd has never been laid upon 
us; but fidelity to the gospel message has. Jesus .started 
his disciples with that idea uppermost in their thoughts. 
"And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of 
that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a tes- 
timony against them" (Luke 9:5). Matthew 10:14, says the 
same thing. Mark 6:11, says the same. Receiving them was 
receiving the message intrusted to them. The message and 
the messenger were either accepted together, or went down 
together. That was drawing the line, wasn't it? Did the 
apostles do as they were bidden? Sure. Read Acts 13:50- 
52: "But the Jews stirred up the devout and honorable 
women and the chief men of the city, and raised per.seeu- 
tion against Paul and Barnabas, and expelled them out of 
their coasts. But they shook off the dust of their feet 
against them, and' came unto Iconium. And the disciples 
were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost." Why were 
they tlius filled with joy and the Holy Ghost; because of 

their failure? No; because 
they were faithful to their 
message — they were "striv- 
ing lawfully" — playing tlie 
game ; this was the highest 
attestation that God could 
give, and he gave it. 

The chnreh of today 
could be saved a lot of 
heart-aches if it would wor- 
ry less about the crowd, 
and remember the program 
of God for this age, and be 
more concerned about her part in putting that program 
acro.ss. Here it is: "And after they had held their peace, 
James answered, saying, Men and bretliren, hearken unto 
me : Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit tne 
Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. And 
to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written. 



THE INTEREST EATS UP THE PROFIT 

The debt on your Publishing House should be paid. 

The responsibility rests on every individual member 

and congregation of the brotherhood. 

IF EVERYBODY LIFTS, THE LOAD WILL BE LIGHT 



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After this I will return, and A^'ill build again the tabernacle 
of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the 
ruins thereof, and I will set it up." That's our business, 
"To take out of them a people for his name." Read Acts 
15:13-19. "TO TAKE OUT OF THEM"; not the whole 
crowd. He -would, if THEY WOULD. Since they will not 
in the aggregate, then, "Whosoever will may come." Yes, 
that selection is going on. The gospel message and its com- 
plete acceptance is the dividing line. God can do no more 
than give men a chance. The church can do no more. But 
a church without her God-given message — what can she do? 
Become popular? Yes, with men. Get the crowds? Yes, 
if she will go to great enough lengths in her worldly pro- 
grams. Get the money? She may, very likely will. But 
calling "out of them a people for his name", requires a 
message and faithful peoiile who will proclaim it. "He is 
not crowned, except he have contended lawfully." 

As I see it, the breaking down of the dividing line be- 
tween the church and the world — I mean the line as God 
established it — is doing more to destroy her usefulness as 
his agency in taking "out of them a people for his name" 
than any other sin. And she can blame no one else than 
herself. The great doctrines of the absolute sovereignty of 
God, and the separation of the church from the world — 
who hears the thundering tones of the modern prophet call- 
ing the people to repentance? Do we need a revival? Yes. 
In our own church? Yes. Will the people hear? A few of 
them — yes. Will such a revival be a siiceess? In the sight 
of God yes. In the estimation of the world, and ungodly 
church members, no. But our God has not said much al)out 
succses ; He has said much about FAITHFULNESS TO HIS 
MESSAGE. 

The Brethren people throughout their history have been 
in the forefront of the battle for "A whole Gospel for the 
whole world." A "thus saith the Lord" is her only, and 
final appeal. No one has ever been asked to teach other- 
wise. Her ministry has ever and anon been urged to be 
ti'ue to the message of — not the councils and synods of men 
— but her Lord. The largest latitude possible to build up 
some congregation strong, and great, and good, with this 
message as her foundation has been encouraged. Competi- 
tion in building the greatest of congregations is a negligible 



factor. The field is unhampered. His salary may be as high 
as his genius can command, and be can remain as long as 
his constituency is willing. The ordinances of the church 
are not fixed by some council, but were instituted by our 
Lord himself. The whole array of preachers will help him 
observe these divine institutions without dropping one of 
them. He can put his finger on the chapter and verse in 
God's holy Word where they have been instituted. He can 
put his finger on the chapter and verse where the apostles 
and the early church were still ".striving lawfully" in keep- 
ing them. To tear foot-washing, the love feast, and the 
communion of the bread and wine, out of the magnificent 
setting of our Lord's last night on the earth, is a job for 
devils, and not of men. "Hands off", is our plea; for, as 
Moffatt says, in his translation of 2 Timothy 2:3, "A com- 
petitor in the games is not crowned unless he observe the 
rules." And a greater than Moffatt says, "And if any shall 
take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God 
shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of 
the holy city, and from the things which are written in this 
book" (Rev. 22:10). I think that God intends that "we 
shall play the game. ' ' And the rules hold until changed by 
their great Author, whatever man may say. 

"Give me a man whose heart 

Is filled with ambition's fire; 
Who sets his mark in the start. 

And keeps moving it higher and higher. 
Better to die in tTie strife. 

The hands with labor rife. 
Than to glide with the stream in an idle dream 

And lead a purposeless life. 

Better to strive and climb 

And never reach the goal, 
Than to drift along with time 

With an aimless, worthless soul. 
Aye, better to climb and fall. 

Or sow, though the yield be small, 
Than to idle away day after day, 

.^nd never to strive at all." 
South Bend, Indiana. 



Christian Business Acumen 

By Dyoll Belote, Secretary Publication Board 



I believe that I am stating that which will be corrobor- 
ated by everyone who has ever visited our Publishing plant 
at Ashland when I say that if the opportunity were offered 
any of our enterprising business men to buy the plant as a 
bu.siness investment they would immediately close the deal. 
And yet it seems qiieer that when we are asked to contribute 
but a few dollars from each congregation to help buy this 
same valuable property for the church we shy off at the 
mention of the matter, or else plead previous obligations — 
heavy demands at home for the support of the pastor and 
the meeting of the other calls from the general brotherhood. 
"These! ought we to have met, but not to leave this call un- 
answered. ' ' 

Of the monetary vakie of the building and equipment of 
the Brethren Publishing Company there can be no question. 
But in my own judgment there is a still greater value which 
attaches to our Publishing Interests. Not the making of 
money, but the shaping of character and the grounding of 
our youth in the principles and practices of our beloved 
fraternity, is the aim of all loyal Brethren. And to this end 
the Brethren Publishing Company contributes no small part 
with the varied pi;blieations which are sent forth from its 
presses. And not one publication goes out from our House 
which will not pass the most rigid censorship — a thing which 
cannot be said of a great deal of literature which too fre- 
quently finds its way into our own Christian homes. If our 
children are trained to find a relish in the perusal of the 
publications which are produced by our own people and is- 



sued from our own denominational press, they will grow up 
to be better Brethren and to lead and enjoy fine Christian 
lives. 

We are having the opportunity offered us on every 
hand to invest our money in interest-bearing annuities, 
which will be working for us long after we are gone. Why 
not invest a few dollars in an enterprise that will bring, in 
the years .to come, large returns in the satisfaction which 
shall be ours in knowing we have had a part in making it 
possible for the Brethren church to disseminate abroad the 
"Faith of our Fathers." which has been to us "the power 
of God unto salvation" and will continue to be so to all 
who believe and accept. But how shall they hear that they 
may believe? By our generous support of our Publishing 
Interests so that they may be able to provide a still more 
vaiied and effectual group of publications and send them 
abroad to herald the truth to all the earth. Let us invest 
in some of these satisfaction-bearing securities, that will 
brinp^ dividends of satisfaction both here and hereafter. 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 



Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling 
safe with a person ; having neither to weigh thoughts nor 
measure words, but pour them all right out just as they are, 
chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will 
take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with 
the breath of kindness blow the rest away. — Dinah Mulock 
•Craik. 



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Walks and Talks in Holy Places 

(Article No. 2) 

Palestine and Its People 
By Herbert H. Tay 



When one arrives in Palestine, he instinctively feels as 
if he were in a different world. The native of Palestine is 
an Oriental. His language is different ; his dress is differ- 
ent ; his religion is different ; his habits are different ; even 
his odor is different, lie thinks differently, he reasons dif- 
ferently, he acts dift'erently, he eats differently ; he sleeps 
differently, he snores differently. His ways are at once de- 
lightfully different, and completely exasperating. He pro- 
vides one of the most interesting and at the same time one 
of the most unsolvable puzzles which one can study in this 
oriental land. 

We had our first opportunity to study oriental life at 
close range at tlie city of Alexandria, Egypt. Our boat 
anchored in the outer harbor about four o'clock in the 
morning, and by six the decks, passage ways, companion 
ways, and even staterooms were filled with quaintly dressed, 
dark skinned men, clinking pjgyptian money in their hand's, 
which they wished to exchange for our money, — at a high 
rate of exchange. We had a most unpleasant illustration of 
oi'iental importunity however, when the boat tied up at the 
dock. As soon as the gang-plank was pushed aboard, a 
swarm of motly dressed Arabs crowded onto the boat, and 
began to grab any piece of luggage which they could lay 
their hands upon. We had been warned beforehand, and 
had a firm grasp upon our suitcases. It Avas necessary. Not 
satisfied with our refusal to let them cany our luggage, they 
seized the handles of the suitcases, and tried to wrest them 
from our grasp. We tugged and tugged, and thus we made 
our way down the gangplank and on to the wharf. The 
porters were constantly jabbering something in Arabic at 
the top of their voices, and Ave Avere just as firmly insisting 
that Ave could carry the suitcases ourselves. This battle 
royal continued for about half a block as Ave Avent toAvard 
the customs house. Finally we decided that it Avas too hard 
Avork to carry our suitcases, and drag along a couple of 
hoAvling Arabs besides, so avc reluctantly relinquished our 
grasp, — and Ave kncAV A^ery Avell that it meant that Ave Avould 
have to relinquish a goodly sum in "backshish" besides — 
and let the porters carry our luggage. 

The impoi'tunity and insistance of the native porters, 
guides, and' vendors Hiroughout the Near East is occasioned 
by their idea of Amei-icans. Every American is regarded as 
crazy, and a millionaire. The oriental mind cannot other- 
Avise explain the reasons for traveling around in their coun- 
try, digging up old rocks and broken pottei-y, and spending 
such (to them) fabulous sums of money. Hence they think 
that those moi'e fortunate in a financial Avay, should share 
with them Avho are less fortunate. So they feel that "back- 
shish" is necessary, even for the most trivial service. 

One of the most interesting experiences, and at the 
same time one of the most enlightening experiences Avith 
native manners and customs, is in buying something in a 
native shop, or bazaar. The best place to do this is in 
Damascus. Damascus is — or Avas — justly famous for tAvo 
lliiugs. Its bazaars and its dogs. The former are one of 
the chief sources of interest in this oldest city on earth, but 
the lattei- have for some reason, strangely disappeared. 
Brother Colib says that tAventy years ago Damascus Avas a 
city of 250.000 population, and about 250,000,000 "pup-ula- 
tion." But for some reason, Avhich Ave were unable to as- 
certain, the dogs have disappeared. While Ave Avere in 
Damascus, Avhich Avas for two days, Ave saw eleven dogs by 
actual count. Hoav are the mighty fallen! 

But the bazaars still remain," and they afford an excel- 
lent opportunity for observation, either by personal experi- 
ence, or by Avatehing others, of oriental bargaining. The 
native merchant never has a set price for any of his goods. 



All business is carried on by bargaining. The proprietor 
sits in his little shop — often no larger than six feet square 
— and waits for a customer to come along. The prospective 
buyer comes, stops, looks at the goods on display, and then 
asks to see a certain article. The proprietor, never moving 
from his seat upon the floor, reaches around, gets the 
article, and hands it to the customer Avithout saying a Avord. 
The latter looks it over carefully, then if he decides that he 
Avants it, he AA'ill either offer the merchant a certain amount, 
or he will ask the price. If he pursues the former course, 
he begins the bargain by offering to give about one-fifth as 
much as he is Avilling to pay. The merchant counters by 
asking about five times as much as he is willing to take. 
Then the argument is on. If the argument is betAveen two 
natives, it often becomes quite heated. They will gesticulate 
Avildly Avith their hands, and raise their voices to a ver^ 
high pitch. The Arabic language, Avhich is full of guttural 
sounds, is most appropriately adapted to heated arguments 
of this sort. The uninitiated American, hearing tAvo Arabs 
in a heated discussion, and seeing the Avildly SAvinging arms, 
stands by in breathless expectancy, expecting to see Islajn 
divided again.st itself in a mighty physical conflict. How- 
ever, he is usually doomed to disappointment, for though it 
sounds as if the bargainers were upon the verge of flying at 
one another's throats, and tearing each other's eyes out, yet 
that is their method of bargaining, and when the bargain 
is made, they are as calm as if nothing had ever happened. 

Though the naive of Palestine may have some customs 
which are strange and unisleasant to us, yet he has some 
customs which Ave would do Avell to emulate. One thing for 
the Arab — especially the Bedouin — is noted, is his hospital- 
ity. Though Ave heard many Aveird tales of robbery and' 
murder perpetrated by the natives Avhen foreigners Avere 
traveling unaccompnaied, yet m'c never experienced any- 
thing but the most gracious hospitality. WhereA^er we Avent, 
Ave Avere most royally receiA^ed, and Avere ahA^ays treated as 
guests of special honor. We usually received special favors, 
Avhich the native guest did not receive. 

As we approached a native camp, we Avere greeted 
heartily by the entire family — human, canine, and entomol- 
ogical. The dogs Avere ahvays the first to greet us. They 
came lainning out Avhen Ave came Avithin sight of the camp, 
groAvling and snarling like a pack of hungry avoIa'cs. They 
looked and acted so ferocious, that if a person did not un- 
derstand them, he might think that he Avas going to be 
torn limb from limb. But if Ave stand our ground, the dogs 
Avill not approach very close. If Ave make a move as if to 
i-eaeh to the ground for a stone or clod of earth, the dogs 
Avill i3ut their tails betAvoen their legs, and run for dear life. 

We are next greeted by the people themselves. They 
always have us sit doAvn in the tent of the "shiek" or head 
of the camp, and then pass around the coffee. This is the 
first formality in any call. The coffee is served in little cups, 
without handles, about an inch in diameter and an inch 
deep. The cups are filled about one-fourth full. There are 
usually tAvo cups. Avhich must serA'e for the entire croAvd, 
natives and all. HoAvever Ave must partake of the coffee, for 
it is an insult not to do so. In drinking the coffee, it is po- 
lite to make just as much noise as possible. The more noise 
one makes, the more courteous he is. 

The last members of the family to greet the strangers, 
are the fleas. Every Bedouin camp abounds Avith these 
pests, and they Avelcome the advent of strangers. If one 
does not go armed Avith plenty of ammunition — in the form 
of bug and insect poAvders — he is doomed to spend an un- 
pleasant night. It AA'^as no uncommon experience at all in 
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Brethrenism and Modern Religious Demands 

By Willis E. Ronk 

(Address delivered at Ohio Conference, Smithville, and voted by that assembly to be published 
in THE EVANGELIST. Published in parts. Part III) 



Modem Religious Demands 

Let us turn our attention now to "Modern Religious 
Demand's." What are Modern Religious demands? I real- 
ize of course that the demands depend very much upon 
who is making them. Yet one may sift the evidence and 
arrive at some general conclusions. The subject is so broad 
that one can give only the briefest of outlines; but this is 
sufficient for the present purpose. 

The first conclusion that I have arrived at, is that there 
is at ijresent a general tendency or demand for a more con- 
servative view or attitude. Outside of the church for a 
number of years, it has been fashionable in some quarters 
to boast that one is an agnostic or infidel. The tendency is 
not nearly so prevalent at the present. The trend is toward 
belief in God. The magazines of late have been printing 
and' giving considerable prominence to articles in defense of 
belief. In a recent issue of Collier's a scientist of consider- 
able note makes the statement that, "I have never known a 
thinking man who did not believe in God." However, it is 
not my purpose to try to prove that outside of the churcn 
the tendency is toward a more conservative view ; but rather 
that in a statement which I shall make, I shall not be ac- 
cused of ignoring a fact, which is receiving considerable 
prominence at the present time. Within the church, there 
is less ijrominence given to the excessive liberal view. The 
radical liberals have carried their views to such extremes in 
some instances that there has been a revolt all along the 
line against the liberal. There seems to be a toning down 
in all shades of Christian thought. Fewer preachers are 
giving their services over to the movie and to mere forms 
of entertainment ; while on every side one hears more fre- 
quently the appeal made to the Bible as the source of the 
church's authority. This trend may be further seen in the 
so-called' Fundamentalist movement within practically every. 
denomination. It is a revolt against excessive liberalism. 

There is also the demand for a more liberal attitiidc. 
This may be seen all along the line from Fundamentalism to 
Modernism; but it is kept within certain Ijonnds or limits. 
The object of a great many of the magazine articles, already 
mentioned, is to create a more liberal attitude and bring 
peoples of all religions into closer fellowship. Many say 
"Believe in God and treat your neighbor right and you 
have religion." The inference is that Catholic, Protestant. 
Jew and all the rest are on an equal basis. Within tlie 
church men are saying that the time has come to get to- 
gether. Liberalist say to lilieralist, "Just drop some of 
these things and get together." The more conservative 
groups are saying, "We have so much in common and so 
little to separate us, just drop the things which divide. I^et 
us be tolerant and get together. We are all trying to reach 
the same place. Don't be narrow." Then the argument is 
so often advanced that in local churches much duplication of 
efforts would be avoided. Where there are two or three 
churches partly supporting as many men ; one church could 
care for the community and properly support one pastor. 
Then imbued with the idea of big business, what a force we 
could be for good if all were united. I triist that I have 
made myself understood. W'" must take cognizance of the 
fact that there are these two seeming conti'adictory ten- 
dencies naming in parallel lines ; if we would properly un- 
derstand and interpret modern religious movements. 

Conclusions 

There was a time in the early history of this country, 
when the Brethren church could go her way and be very 
little influenced by world thought and conditions ; bixt that 
day has long since passed. And we may be thankful that it 
has. Had the Brethren people been more in touch with 
world thought and conditions during* the first seventy years 



of her history in America, the conditions which led to the 
division in 1881 would probably not have existed. We can- 
not escape the times in which we live, and should have no 
desire to do so. If our position is right, we need have no 
fear, but that M'e can maintain it against all obstacles. On 
the other hand, we must not think that we are secure and 
simply drift. To do so is to court disaster. 

Let us now turn to the idea which I suggested only a 
moment ago, namely, that liberal thought is saying, "Let's 
forget our differences and get together; Don't be narrow 
and' etc." Brethren folks are hearing this on every hand. 
AVell, why not get together? Brethren people must be ready 
at all times to give a reason concerning their faith. And, 
if we cannot give a reason,, we may soon expect the end; 
for our people are not going to stick to our cause JUST 
BECAUSE it is OUR cause. 

Does it not seem strange, that with all of the talk o£ 
church union and "Let's forget our differences" that there 
is veiyi little getting together after all? It is perfectly nat- 
ural. Everyone thinks that the other person should do the 
giving up and get togethei' MY WAY. In other words, the 
talk is either not meant at all, or it is for some one else. 
A sort of smoke screen, or an attempt to undermine the mor- 
ale of the other church. And that is exactly what is tak- 
ing place. Are we to be caught sleeping! I trust not. Shall 
Brethren risk being called narrow? Yes, by all means! Just 
as narrow as Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Disciples 
and others are narrow for the things in which they believe. 
I resent the charge that Ave are more narrow than others. 
To be sure, we have some practices that most others do not ; 
but we are no more stickers for our beliefs than others are 
for theirs. When those who talk so glibly about getting to- 
gether begin to practice what they preach, there will be 
time for us to give ear. Meanwhile, let us keep at the tasks 
which are before us. 

When we are talking of union, who has a better position 
to maintain than we? There is a conservative tendency to- 
day. The cry of the hour is back to the Bible. That has 
been our cry from the beginning. Our doctrinal statement, 
so far as we have one, is virtually the statement which the 
conservative elements of most churches are now making. 
But they do not go far enough. What a wonderful oppor- 
tunity is now ou]"s to herald our message with new zeal. 
But let me remind you that to do so will be no easy task. 
We are face to face with some mighty problems. For in- 
stance, we have forty ministerial students in the seminary, 
and more preachers now than churches. That means that 
during the next four years a number of our men Avill either 
be forced from the ministry or into some other denomina- 
tion. And, it will not necessarily follow that the best will 
survive ; it may be the man who will work the cheapest. 
Leaving all other problems, this one of itself is siifficient to 
challenge the best in us. If we do not organize new churches 
ill the immediate future, we never will. Brethren, let's face 
the facts! We have a real task before us, and no one can 
foretell the outcome. Are we willing to pay the price of 
victory? Upon the answer to this question depends the 
future. I believe we are. The blood in our veins is just as 
our cause they endiired insult and persecution. Shall we 
red' as that which flowed in the veins of our fathers. For 
do less? Gor forbid. Let us then gird ourselves for our 
task, looking always to him who is sut¥icient for all our 
needs. 

Clayton, Ohio. 

It may be news to some people that the picture of Jack 
Dempsey, the prize-fighter, adorns the walls of the Metro- 
politan Museum of Ai't in New York, but anything may hap- 
pen in New York with "Alcohol Smith" and Tammany. 



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The Iniquity of Silence 

By Floyd W. Taber 

TEXT: Then they said one to another, We do not well: this day is a day of good tidings, and we 
hold our peace: if we tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon us: now therefore 
come, that we may go and tell the king's household. 2 Kings 7:9. 



The bands of Syrian soldiers had swept up and down 
the mountains and valleys of Israel, leaving desolation 
everywhere, until the fear of them was instilled into the 
heart of every Israelite. The clash of their arms had been 
heard in every village, hamlet, and countryside. They had 
laid waste evei-y stronghold in the laud except one impreg- 
nable fortress, the City of Samaria. 

Since it was impossible to capture that mountain fast- 
ness by storm, Benhadad, King of Syria, resolved to starve 
it into submission ; so he laid siege to the city. 

Soon the people were dying by the score. The intense 
agony of their sufferings can be imagined better than told. 
They had killed their dogs and horses and mules to satiate 
the awful pangs of hunger. They had eaten the leaves and 
grass. At last that insatiable craving even overcame moth- 
er love, and a woman reported to the king one day that she 
had helped to eat her own son. 

When the king heard this he flew into a frenzy of rage, 
accused God of causing all their trouble, and swore that he 
would kill Elisha, the prophet of God. So he sent an offi- 
cer to get Elisha. 

Elisha barred the door against the officer, and said, 
"Hear ye the word of the Lord: thus said the Lord, To- 
morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold 
for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the 
gate of Samaria. In our measures, he said that barley would 
be about 32 cents a bushel and flour about a dollar a hun- 
dred. No wonder the officer said, "If the Lord would make 
windows in heaven, might this thing be?" God did not 
make windows in heaven, but he did something just as won- 
derful. 

Meantime, four lepers were sitting in the gate, waiting 
for starvation to overtake them. Suddenly one of them 
said to his friends, "Why sit we here imtil we die? If we 
say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the 
city, and we shall die there : and if we sit still here, we die 
also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of 
the Syrians : if they save us alive, we shar live ; and if they 
kill us, we shall but die." So they started toward the head- 
quarters of the Syrian army. They came to the outposts of 
the camp, expecting to be stopped by sentinels. But there 
were no sentinels ! They went on into the camp. There was 
a ghastly stillness over the place. Everything was there 
just as the soldiers had left it, but there were no soldiers. 
The lepers found some food in one of the tents, and gorged 
themselves. Then they began to pick up the gold and sil- 
ver which was lying loose in the tents, and to bury it. 

But where were the soldiers? God had caused the 
Syrian army to hear the noise of a mighty host of horses 
and chariots and soldiers. The same thought flashed into 
the mind of every Syrian soldier at once: "The Israelites 
have hired the Hittites and Egyptians against us." The 
very thought of such a thing paralyzed them with fear; but 
soon that same fear save wings to their heels, and they were 
in headlong flight. They left all their valuables behind, and 
thought only of escaping with their lives. They even cast 
aside their outer garments in their mad stampede. It was a 
wild race with death. 

That is why the lepers found the camp deserted, and 
why they were able to continue bui-ying valuables undis- 
turbed. But a man will get tired after awhile, even of car- 
i-ying gold. Moreover, their consciences began to hurt 
them, and they said one to another, "We do not well: this 
day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace ; if we 
tarry till the morning light, some mischief will come upon 
US: now therefore come, that we may go and tell the king's 
household." 

What made these lepers feel their responsibility to tell 



the people in the city of their discovery? In the first place, 
they knew that the people Avere dying. They had seen their 
friends and relatives undergo the awful agony of starvation. 
They had seen women and children upon whom death had 
laid his cold hand, lying emaciated in the streets. They 
themselves had felt the pangs of hunger. They knew the 
absolute hopelessness of the people in the city. This made 
them realize their obligation to tell the people about the food 
they had discovered. 

AVhy do we not feel the same obligation to tell the 
Good News of Jesus Christ to those who do not know him? 
Because we do not believe they are really lost. But we read 
"He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the 
wrath of God abideth on him." "He that believeth not 
shall be damned." "He that believeth not is condemned 
already." Condemned to what? "Outer darkness"; "weep- 
ing and wailing and gnashing of teeth," "where their worm 
dieth not and the fire is not quenched." 

We believe these things theoretically, because Jesus said 
them. But practically we do not believe that our next door 
neighbor, the woman we talk to across the back fence, the 
man we do business with, the friend we chat with on the 
street, our classmates and chums, are really etei-nally, utter- 



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A Devotional Beading of Matthew's Gospel 

(Clip and put in your Bible for convenience.) 

MO'NDAY 

THE CURE OF PARALYSIS'— Matt. 9:1-8. 

Sin in the body, like paralysis in the body, takes many 
different forms; sometimes dulling the feeling, sometimes 
weakening the -will, sometimes producing a fixed condi- 
tion of evil that involves torture. The Lord Jesus is 
equally the Master of the one as of the other, and faith 
is the condition. 

TUESDAY 

A PUBLICAN CALLED— Matt. 9:9-13. 

He who looks upon the heart sees in the most unlikely 
and despised of men gems of rarest beauty and worth, 
and by the power of his love he draws out the best and 
wins for himself its devotion. 

WEDNESDAY 

FASTING OR REJOICING— Matt. 9:14-17. 

Judaism was filled with fasting and tears, with disap- 
pointments and deferred hopes — well might they sorrow, 
but Christianity is full of satisfaction and joy, or real- 
ization and hopes enriched, of life abundant and glory 
unspeakable. 

THURSDAY 

THE TOUCH OF FAITH— Matt. 9:20-22. 

Many touched Christ that day in the crowd and re- 
ceived no blessing, but the woman touched him in faith 
and was made whole. It is as true today as then, that 
mere touch without faith is as dead as a wire without 
current. 

FRIDAY 

THROUGH SCORN TO VICTORY— Matt. 9:18, 19, 
23-26. 

No scornful laugh of hostile men can halt the onward 
life-giving march of the Son of God. Wherever he finds 
faith interceding, there he has tens to crown it with life 
and joy. 

SATURDAY 

SIGHT AND SPEECH— Matt. 9:27-34. 

To the blind Jesus gave sight, and to the dumb he gave 
speech, but spiritually one can scarcely have either with- 
out both: he who sees something will tell it, and he who 
tells something must first have seen it. 
SUNDAY 

THE NEED AND THE CALI^-Matt. 9:32-34; 10:1-4. 

The need of the harvest must be recognized; then 
prayer must be made for laborers, and when men pray, 
God calls and laborers are found.^j. S. B. 



JANUARY 20, 1926 



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ly, hopelessly lost, unless they accept Jesus Christ as their 
own personal Savior. If we believed it, we must have 
hearts of stone to talk with them day after day, week after 
week, year after year, and never say a word to them about 
their own personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. 
But whether we believe it or not, it is true, and we are 
under obligation, just as these lepers were, to give the bread 
of life to those who are perishing without it. 

The lepers not only knew that the people in the city 
were dying, but they realized that they had some good news' 
which would save their lives. And what wonderful news we 
have. We have heard it so often that the lustre has worn 
off. But when the heathen hear the gospel they sit open 
mouthed and wide eyed. It is too good to be true. To think 
that God — the one they have always been taught to fear and 
dread — really loved them, and sent his Son — his only Son — • 
to die for them, is such wonderful news that they cannot 
believe it. And we have the privilege of cariying to them 
this wonderful news, which will lift them up out of the mire 
of sin and degradation and place their feet on the rock 
Christ Jesus. 

These four lepers said, "If we tarry till the morning 
light, some mischief will come upon us." The margin of 
the American Revised Version gives a literal translation of 
the Hebrew of this passage: "If we tarry till the morning 
light, our iniquity will find us out." They realized that 
when they had good news which would save the lives of 
men, it would be iniquity, positive sin, to keep silence. And 
they were sure their sin would find them out. And if we 
fail in the trust God has committed' to us, to deliver the 
good news of salvation to a dying world, we may be sure 
our sin will find us oiit. 

A great missionary leader once said, "I am not so 
much concerned about what will become of the heathen if 
they never hear the gospel, as I am about what will be- 
come of us if we fail to carry them the gospel." For sev- 
eral centuries after Christ, the church in North Africa was 
a churcli on fire. But the time came when it forgot its ob- 
ligation to the heathen, and settled down to eat, drink, and 
be meri-y, and to spend its time in theological arguments. 
Today, we have to send missionaries to convert them mem- 
bers of that church. Let the churches of America take 
warning. 

Every Christian has in liis possession this good news, 
and is a debtor to carry it or to send it to those who are 
dying in ignorance and superstition to go into Christless 
eternity because they have never heard. And "if we tarry, 
our iniquity will find us out." 

Ashland College, Ashland, Ohio. 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 



The Lure of the Unattained 

By Arthur P. Petit 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

Remember the word which Moses the servant of the 
Lord commanded you saying, the Lord your God has given 
you rest and hath given you this land. Your wives, your 
little ones and your cattle shall remain in the land which 
Moses gave you on this side of Jordan but ye shall pass 
before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valor 
and help them ; until the Lord hath given your brethren 
rest, as he hath given you and they also hath possessed the 
land which the Lord your God giveth them : then ye shall 
return imto the land of your possessions and enjoy it which 
Moses the Lord's servant gave you on this side Jordan to- 
ward the sunrising. 

And they answered Joshua saying, all that thou com- 
mandest us, we will do and whithersoever thou sendeth us, 
we will go. Acecording as we hearkened unto Moses in pll 
things, so will we hearken unto thee, only the Lord thy God 



be with thee as he was with Moses. Whosoever he be that 
doth rebel against thy commandment and will not hearken 
unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be 
put to death, only be strong and of good courage (Joshua 
1:2, 13-18). 

OUR MEDITATION 

To some, the subject and the Scripture of this effort 
may seem ambiguous, but to me I see plenty of ways in 
which the lure of the unattained helped these militant and 
savage-like Israelites to make the decision to cross the Jor- 
dan and help their brethren to conquer the wild and virtu- 
ally impregnable tribes of the Promised Land. 

There were times in the nomadic life of the Chosen 
People when they practically gave up hope of ever reach- 
ing the Land of Milk and Honey, there were times when the 
optimists of the tribes were prone to become realists in the 
extreme degree and even suggest that they give up this 
"Insane" idea of ever traveling the distance to the land of 
Canaan, not to mention putting down the attacks of the war- 
like and settled natives. There were times when they even 
gave up their trust in God to fall down before the Golden 
Calf. There were times when their murmurings nearly be- 
came their undoing. But now we find them in one of their 
better moments, in one of the times when they were in the 
height of success. To enumerate their accomplishments at 
this time would be superfluous to say the least. How they 
accomplished the attack, how their faith in God won them 
the first city and finally the whole land is not my purpose. 

What need we suppose is the real cause behind this 
movement on the part of the Israelites? Why did they not 
settle in the land East of Jordan, toward the "rising of 
the sun"? Why did they push on and accomplish the his- 
toric feats of which we read? Yes, nine in ten will answer 
in a single word, "God". The fact cannot be denied. But 
how did God work in this one instance? What means did 
he use to accomplish his end? This question is not so easily 
answered. The answers will be scattered over a much wider 
field than in the former ease. 

"The Lure of the Unattained" is the answer. That fas- 
cination which accompanies a look into the future of en- 
deavor in any line, that eagerness to accomjilish newer and 
better things was too much for the more peaceful and con- 
tented tribes and they too accompanied their brethren in 
the conquest of Canaan. The fascination of the unrealized 
kept them ever pushing upward and onward and finally won 
for them the whole of the goal. 

And now a short application, mostly for the young peo- 
ple. In coming in contact with young people, we meet all 
kinds, as there Avere all kinds among the wandering descend- 
ents of Abraham. There are those who murmur at the least 
amount of trouble which faces them. They like to be pam- 
pered and coaxed as a trick puppy which has to be offered 
a choice morsel before performing. Again there are those 
who always see the stumbling blocks in life's way but in- 
stead of walking around them, they give up entirely. There 
are those who fall by the wayside of the path to achieve- 
ment with that inexcusable excuse, "I can't." They are 
those who would rather stay imder the bondage of the slave 
driver than to make an effort to reach the top. Others fall 
aside to worship the Golden Calf of Wealth. They all work 
against the plan of God in Nature to make people seek bet- 
ter things by the lure of the luiattained. The "Lure" made 
the great men of today. They fell not by the wayside. They 
plunged upward, heedful of dangers but resourceful in meet- 
ing them. No success is ever achieved without vision and 
vision consists of seeing and planning for the future. The 
pioneers of today look into the future and see their pioneer- 
ing turned into greatness tomorrow and with no regret for 
the time they spent in achieving those things which had 
never before been accomplished. A final plea would be that 
the "Lure" may secure a firm grip on your mind, on your 
life, on your soul, and j^ou may "Hitch your wagon to a 
star," instead of aiming at a telephone pole. When a man 
stops achieving, he is no longer serving humanity. Ever on- 
ward and upward, and may you never stagnate in one place, 



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or take advantage of tlie absence of your gmding Soul and 
stop to worship the C4olden Calf. 

OUR PRAYER 

Father in Heaven, beacon light unto the path of every 
soul, watch over us and never cease to guide us in the path- 
way of life. Direct our footsteps toward higher service for 
the sake of humanity. May we never stagnate in the pitfalls 
which line our path. May we ever push upward and on- 
ward to greater achievements in thy name and for civiliza- 
tion. Guard us from our woi'st enemy, ourselves, and give 
us a lure for the unattained that we may ever seek to real- 
ize the noblest and loftiest of a true Christian nature. 
Watch over us and guide as, in thy name, Ave ask. Amen. 

Mt. Eaton, Ohio. 



Palestine and Its People 

(Contimied from page 6) 

our camps, to hear several resounding whacks upon various 
portions of the human anatomy, and then see a dim spectral 
figure standing in the pale moonlight outside the camp, 
shaking out his pajamas in the stilly night. Yet it was little 
experiences like these, that kept the trip from getting mo- 
notonous, and kept us in a good humor and laughing at one 
another. 

La Verne, California. 

"The biggest fool is he M'ho thinks he can enjoy sin on 
a complimentary ticket." 



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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



MARTIN SHIVELT 

Treasurer 

Ashland, Ohio 



Editor's Select Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

{Lesson for January 3i) 
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand Men 



Scripture Lesson — John (3:1-71. 

Printed Text — John 6:1-14. 

Devotional Reading — Psalm 34:3-11. 

Golden Text — Jesus said unto them, I am 
the bread of life: he that cometh to me .shall 
not hunger and ho that believeth on me shall 
never thirst. — John 6:35. 

Lesson Lights 

Jesus never saw a crowd just as a crowd. 
He saw the hunger, the pain, the wretchedness, 
the need. Most of us are ready to respond to 
a need when it is pointed out, but most of 
us lack the power to see the needs of others 
— the need of help, of sympathetic under- 
standing, of encouragement, of cheer, of in- 
spiration. 

The disciples of Jesus were so accustomed 
to the sight of the poor that it never occurred 
to them that they had any responsibility for 
the relief of the crowd that collected on the 
.hillside far from any town to listen to the 
words of their Master, and to be healed by 
him of their sicknesses. Of course they must 
be hungry — but what was that to the dis- 
ciples? "Give yc them to eat," said Jesus — 
Tarbell's. 
A Siimmary of Wtliat Jesus Did on This Day 

1. Sorrow for the martyrdom of .John (Eve- 
ning.) 

2. Danger in the political sky. 

3. A sudden voyage to Philip's dominion. 
A morning of teaching his disciples. 
The gathering crowds. 
Preaching the gospel to them. (After- 
noon.) 

Healing the sick. 
Arranging to feed the multitudes. 
Working the miracles of the loaves. 
Sending the multitudes home. 
(Sending his disciples across the sea. 
Hours of prayer in the mountain alone. 
The storm at sea. 
Walking on the water. 
Home at Capernaum in the morning. 

Light from the CTient 
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the "Sunday School Times:" "When a na- 



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tive celebrity was bringing his bride home 
from a distant town, the people came to meet 
him and accompany him from villages near the 
route, and by the time he arrived, the crowd 
was estimated to number ten thousand. They 
had to be fed, and therefore the bridegroom 's 
friends, and their friends, had to run round 
and spend two hundred napoleons (nearly 
$800) for food; for barley and straw for 
horses were as necessary as bread and flesh 
for men and women. Of the estimated ten 
thousand guests, only a few hundreds were 
expected, and still fewer were actually invited. 
Nevertheless, the honor and prestige of the 
house and the customs of the country required 
that all should be fed." 

The Hungry Aroujid TJs" 
"How much there is of temporal want! 
There are the poor and the sick, widows and 
orphans, distressed and despondent souls, who 
need nothing so much as the refreshment a 
compassionate heart can bring." The "bread 
lines" are always full. In all our groat cities 
so many children go to school breakfastless 
every mornin.'r that the authorities are serious- 
ly considering the giving of free breakfasts to 
these hungry little ones. Weak bodies must 
be fed before the mind or soul can receive 
their food. City missions are only following 
the example of Christ when they use sand- 
wiches and coifee as baits for their higher 
ministrations. But he who gives only bread, 
fails in his mission as a Christian. When Vic- 
tor Hugo's Jean Valjean turned in at the 
Bishop's gate he would have satisfied the beg- 
gar if he had merely given him plenty of 
bread, but his ministry would have been of 
little value; Jean would have gone away a 
beggar still. But because he gave him more 
than material gifts, gave him that which his 
unloved and unashamed soul secretly 
craved, Jean Valjean slowly began to appro- 
priate more than bread and meat. "He dis- 
covered that forgiveness was diviner than 
pity. He had touched heaven in the good old 
man 's tenderness. And he came from that sec- 
ond audience a new creation" (G. C. Peck in 
"Old Sins in New Clothes.") 



Men still think life consists of meat and 
raiment and are reluctant to receive the spir- 
itual and abiding things. Schauffler says, 

' ' To this day men are much as they were 
nineteen hundred years ago. We have difficul- 
ty in filling our churches. But it would be 
easy to fill ten of the largest churches in New 
York City every day if only we were to prom- 
ise free feeding to all who came. So far as 
numbers are concerned, that would be the 
most popular preacher who would give the 
best dinners to all who came. It would re- 
quire a squad of police to keep the surging 
throngs in order at any church that offered 
a turkey dinner to aU who would come to a 
service. But just as soon as the dinner was 
called off, they would with one consent cease 
coming. What many men want is merely bak- 
er 's bread, and if you offer them the Bread 
of Life, they will turn away disgusted. But 
none the less the Bread of Life is better than 
baker's bread, by just so much as things spir- 
itual are better than those that are merely car- 
nal." 

What a Little Boy Can Do 

A nameless, poor boy, but his record is im- 
mortal. He was too small to carry much of 
a supply. These might have been the lad's 
lunch (it would not have been too much for 
that) or he may have been peddling them 
among the pilgrims. But small as he was, and 
small as was his supply, Jesus could use it 
to feed many thousand. He could have fed 
them without any such store, but he preferred 
to let these others help. 

Gather Up the Fragments 

Of time. " 'It is too late to do anything,' 
you say; 'only one hour left.' And so comes 
that most awful waste — the waste of man's 
time. " Of wealth. "It is a duty to give, 
but he who has nothing can give nothing. 
Any loss of property, any want of economy in 
spending it, any failure to save any portion 
of it, must be the result either of human im- 
perfection or of sin." — Mark Hopkins. Of 
character. "Is there a good impression that 
you have suffered to grow faint? Is there a 
holy practice w'hich you have long neglected? 
Have you an offended friend who is still un- 
reconciled? a temper still unchecked? a be- 
setting sin stiU unresisted? Gather up the 
fragments that remain, lest all be lost." 

— George Milligan. 



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J. A. GAEBER, President 

Ashland, Ohio 

E. D. BAENAKD, Associate 

Mansfield, Ohio 



Our Young People at Work 

(Yoong People's Topics in The Angelus by Thobum C. Lyon.) 



GLADYS M. SPICE 

General Secretary 

2301 13th St., N. E., 

Canton, Ohio 



Christian Endeavor Week 



By Prof. J. A. Gather 

The annual celebration of Christian En- 
deavor Week, January 31 to February 7, this 
year affords an opportunity to review the 
work of the (Society, and to celebrate its for- 
ty-fifth birthday. The program is built 
around "The Campaign for Fidelity to Chris- 
tian Endeavor Principles." The proposed pro- 
gram is elastic and admits of adaptation to 
each local society. 

Daily 'Suggestions 

Sunday — Denominational Day: !The opening 
of the week calls for the presentation of the 
aims and claims of the denomination upon its 
young people. Ministers are asked to preach 
on "TSie Call, The Claims, and the Conquests 
of the Chtu-ch." The suggested text is "As 
we have therefore opportunity, let us do good 
unto all men, especially unto them who are the 
household of faith." 

Monday — Broadcasting Day: The purpose is 
to make known the reasons for the faith we 
have in Christian Endeavor. There will be 
radio broadcasts. In adition Endeavorers may 
broadcast personally by visiting a neighboring 
society or church. 

Tuesday — Christian Endeavor's Birthday: 
The forty-fifth anniversary may be celebrated 
with a banquet, a birthday party, or a general 
meeting. In either case much will be said 
concerning the work of the ever-youthful 
founder of Christian Endeavor. "Fidelity to 
our inheritance is the watch-word." 

Wednesday or Thursday — Evanagelistic 
Days: One of these church nights will be used 
for attendance at the mid-week service. En- 
deavorers may attend in a bod}'. The service 
may be conducted along Evangelistic or Mis- 
sionary lines, or both. "Fidelity in Prayer" 
is the appeal. 

Friday — Fellowship Day: This will be a 
particular meeting for the young people. 
Themes proposed are: Christian Endeavor, An 
Interdenominational Force; Christian Endeav- 
or and Missions: Christian Endeavor and 
World Brotherhood. A pageant entitled "If 
— Christ Exalted," May be used on this Fri- 
day or a Sunday evening. 

Saturday — .Junior Day: At this time the 
children will receive due consideration. A 
party or some appropriate entertainment will 
be provided for them. 'This may be done by 
the local church alone, or in conjunction with 
neighboring churches. 

(Sunday — Recognition Day: It is suggested 
that the Christian Endeavor and church ser- 
vice be merged for the evening hour. An in- 
teresting program has been planned by, and 
may be secured from the United Society. The 
purpose is to present the claims of the Recog- 
nition Fund for Dr. and Mrs. Francis E. Clark, 
which will provide a loving recognition for 
them while they live, and a perpetual endow- 
ment for Christian Endeavor in tlie years to 
come. 



, National President 

It is earnestly hoped that Brethren Endeav- 
orers will feel constrained to share with the 
Endeavorers of other churches in so remem- 
bering Dr. and Mrs. Clark, and in so provid- 
ing for the continuance of Chri.stian Endeavor. 
It is further hoped that our societies will 
make Christian Endeavor Week the occasion 
of setting forward Christian Endeavor in the 
church. The suggestions presented by Nation- 
al officers and superintendents are worthy of 
serious consideration. 

Ashland College, Ashland, Otiio. 



Observe C. E. Week 
January 31 February 7 

Plan big things for this week. 

Every C. E. president in the brotherhood 
should get busy AT ONCE — preparing a week 
of special features leading up to February 
7th — "Decision Day" — the time we commem- 
orate the forty-fifth anniversary of Christian 
Endeavor. 

If you cannot observe the whole week — 
plan a C. E. banquet or social for one nighi, 
have "Church Loyalty" night, and wind up 
the week with the "Decision Day" service. 
At this service the important step of decid- 
ing to do some definite work for Christ and 
the church should be stressed by the leader 
in charge. Make this a combination service 
and have the pastor or some outside speaker 
bring an inspirational message. Make the 
program interesting with a few special mu- 
sical numbers. 

Many a C. E. society's tongue is coated — 
its liver out of whack — and needs a little 
pepping up by injecting a few new ideas and 
features occasionally to attract the youth of 
our church. During this week will be a splen- 
did time to turn over a new leaf and resolve 
to iiut more life into our meetings and by so 
doing we will get more out of them. Don 't 
sit back and say that YOUR society is the 
driest society in the brotherhood — when YOU 
have never offered one suggestion to better it 
— or when asked to do some special piece of 
work, refuse. Don't be a hanger-on, be a 
BOOSTER. LOUIS E. CLAPPER, 

Publicity Superintendent. Louisville, Ohio. 



JUNIOR ENDEAVOR 

By Virginia Haun 



(Topic for January 31) 

The Church nnd Why We Should 
Belong to It. Luke 2:47; 4:16 

Long, long years ago, in a country far 
across the sea, there lived a little dark-haired, 
twelve-year-old boy. This little boy had never 
traveled about very much. When he was a 
little baby, his parents had taken him on a 



long trip but he was so little then that he 
could not appreciate the trip and he could not 
remember about it. One day, he heard his 
father and mother talking about taking a 
. journey and he was quite interested for he 
liked to have them tell him about the country 
that he himself had never seen. This was not 
the first time that his parents had gone away; 
every year they took this same trip and were 
gone for quite a few days. However, the boy 
soon became more interested than he had ever 
been before, when his mother called him to 
her and smiling happily at him told him that 
she and his father had been talking things 
over and had decided that he was now old 
enough to go with them on their journey. 
After several days of packing and the usual 
preparations the time came to start on the 
trip. A lot of friends and relatives came by 
and the little boy with his parents joined their 
company. 

If we boys and girls of today could have 
watched these people starting forth, we would 
have been very much surprised about some 
things. They did not go to a nearby station 
and get on a train, nor did they go to the 
nearest town and get in a nice big automobile 
bus that would hurry them along to the place 
where they wanted to go. Instead, they 
trudged along on foot and a few of the older 
folks led animals, that looked like small 
horses, with packs on their backs. In these 
packs the company had put the clothing and 
also the food for the trip. There were no 
trains or automobiles at the time of this story. 
As they traveled, the boy whom we have been 
talking about spent quite a lot of the time 
asking his mother questions. He knew al- 
ready why they were going on this journey. 
He had been told that they were going to a 
beautiful building to worship God. This build- 
ing was called the Temple and he was so an.<- 
ious to see it. The boy and all these folks 
who were with him were .Tews and the place 
to which they were going was Jerusalem. It 
was the custom of the Jews to go there yearly 
to offer prayer to God. All the way this boy 
was very interested in the country and in the 
work that people wore doing as they passed 
along the road, but he never forgot what he 
was to see at the end of the trip. Finally, 
Jerusalem was reached and all the boy's hap- 
py dreams of the beautiful house of God were 
fulfilled; 

As their stay in this city passed, our little 
friend made friends with a lot of folks he 
met from day to day. There were some doc- 
tors and lawyers that he was particularly in- 
terested in. They talked about a lot of things 
that were new and interesting to him. Sev- 
eral nights, let us suppose, he went home with 
them and looked at their books. If he did, 
he must have gotten a lot of pleasure out of 
that, too, don't you think? 

I wonder how many of you, Juniors, have 
guessed who it is we are talking about. Do 
you need three guesses'? I do not believe you 
do. This story we have been thinking about 

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JANUARY 20, 1926 



Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BAUMAN, 

Financial Secretary Poreign Board 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California. 



MISSIONS 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 

WILLIAM A. GEAEHAET, 

Home Missionary Secretary, 

1106 American Savings Bldg., Dayton, Ohio. 



Miss Nielsen's Busy Life 



"The Sky-Parlor, Long Beach, Cal. 
Dear Members of the F. M. S.: 

How many of you know that missionary of 
ours in South America by the name of Miss 
Johanna Nielsen? In the East, wo did not 
hear much about her, as wo had never seen 
her and were much wrapped up in our own 
Mr. Jobson, and the Fosters and Mrs. Gribble 
whom we had seen and felt we knew person- 
ally. , 

However, since coming out here, your Of- 
fice Secretary has heard so much about ' ' Jo- 
hanna", and has had her held up as such an 
embodiment of all that is desirable and per- 
fect, that she ("That O. iS.") is quite dis- 
couraged and never expects to reach that high 
standard! But we have discovered one fault 
in Miss Johanna, and that is, she is so busy 
in her missionary work that she does not have 
time to write letters for "The Evangelist" or 
even for "The Brethren Missionary"! So, it 
is the object of this epistle to try to meet the 
crying need of news from South America. 

In a recent letter to her home-folks, Miss 
Johanna says, "My Christmas cards will all 
arrive late, for I simply have not had. time to 
write them." And in reading of her many 
duties and activities, it would appear that 
this is a real reason, and not just an excuse. 
Some folks think that pastors and missionar- 
ies are ftfeople of leisure, but if those same 
folks would try to keep up with the activities 
of one real Christian worker for a day or two, 
methinks they would arrive "At the End of 
a Perfect Day" breathless and glad to set- 
tle back into their own little ruts of business 
and pleasure. 

Besides teaching a Bible Class of young 
women, teaching English to some ambitious 
young people, counselling with the Field 
Council (and cooking for about 20 people on 
the side), fitting herself in a dozen vacancies 
in the work at Eio Cuarto — our "Johanna" 
hasn't a thing to do! 

And then, just to break the monotony and 
make life more interesting, Miss Nielsen 
writes of an unexpected visit of S'outh 
American winged ants, that arrived on the 
Mission Station as soon as they got wind of 
the fact that Brother Yoder (their arch ene- 
my) was away! However, it appears that one 
Adolpho was equal to the occasion, and with 
the aid of paper torches and fragrant fumes 
of kerosene, persuaded thorn that Miss Jo- 
hanna 's garden was not a healthy summer re- 
sort for them. And so, with the help of the 
Lord's wind, which Miss Johanna prayed 
into continued action, the day was saved and 
the pests diverted and annihilated. 

Miss Nielsen writes that "iSummer has ar- 
rived with bells", and with it comes to the 
natives a lassitude and indifference which 
makes the work of the North American mis- 
sionaries doubly hard and discouraging. So, 
let us pray especially that the Lord of the 
Harvest shall give them great joy in himself 
and in their work for him. "For he shall not 



fail or be discouraged until he have set judg- 
ment in the earth; and the isles shall wait for 
his law." 

Then too, dear Members of the F. M. S., 
pray that we may have more young volun- 
teers, filled with zeal plus knowledge, to man 
our stations in South America. Then, that 
will mean stili-ajioie prayer for funds to send 
them out and support them. You see, it is 
just a circle — pray for the workers (even if 
our Father God shall call our dearest, nearest 



and best) ; then pray for the funds to send 
them out and keep them on the South Ameri- 
can field. Eemember, God's plan for spread- 
ing the glorious Gospel of his Dear Son is 
that we shall now do the giving — first of our- 
selves and our loved ones, and then of our 
substance. Did some one say: "That is ask 
ing too much!" The reply comes back from 
the Right Hand of the Father, even from our 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: "I gave my- 
self for thee. What hast thou done for me?" 
Yours in the Master's Service, 
THAT OFFICE SECRETARY. 



Itinerating with the Gospel 



Bassai, A. E. F., Nov. 17, 1925. 
Dear Readers of the Brethren Evangelist: 

Would you not like to come with us for an 
itinerating trip in the Kare mountains'? Last 
Saturday morning Mrs. Kennedy and I 
mounted our trusty steeds, the tepois, and set 
out for a journey across the mountains to give 
the gospel to those who have little opportu- 
nity to hoar it. The road through which our 
tepois had to pass seemed almost impassable 
but these natives seem to have feet that 
cleave to the rocks, for they can go over a 
solid rock mountain, carrying the tepoi on 
their heads and still not fall. 

The first village that we visited we found 
the people working, but those in charge soon 
released them and they came and sat on the 
ground around us, resembling a large ampi- 
theater. At one side some men were gam- 
bling, but they tried to impress it upon us 
that it was no harm since they were only 
gambling for wives, and not for money. They 
soon left their play and joined the others to 
hear the white people talk. The children sat 
in front and I just wish you could hear these 
"Black Diamonds" sing "Bring Them In" or 
some other song in their own'riative tongue. 

From there we went to another village fol- 
lowing pretty much the same order. This vil- 
lage seemed so hardened! Right in sight stood 
an altar on which they offered up food to 
their idols. Before we departed several con- 
fessed Christ. We questioned them thorough- 
ly for fear that they would not xmderstand 
what they were doing, but they replied quite 
intelligently. They realize that they must 
give up their old ways and old paths, and 
most of them are ready to make these adjust- 
ments before coming and making confession. 
^Yhe^ they have more than one wife they usu- 
ally make arrangements for the giving up of 
the surplus ones before accepting Christ. Most 
of them wish to be called by their childhood 
names. The greater part of them have two 
names, their childhood names and the name 
that is given them when they pass through a 
kind of initiation which is nothing short of 
appeasing the Devil. The latter is the name 
that they always go by but the Christians al- 
ways want to go back to their childhood 
names. 

From there we made our way to the rest 



house in order to be there during the heat of 
the day when the sun is so dangerous. The 
black soldier tried to be very friendly and 
freed the people from their work to come and 
hear us. He knew a little/Prench and tried 
to impress this upon the other natives by talk- 
ing what French he could to us. He with the 
chief and a few traders came to hear us. We 
talked as best we could, and then for the bene- 
fit of those who could not understand the na- 
tive language we had a Christian boy who was 
with us translate in iSango (this is the com- 
mercial language of this territory). 

They listened very attentively and every- 
where they seemed anxious to hear more. Dur- 
ing the day eleven men and one women con- 
fessed Christ. 

We came home rejoicing that his Word does 
not return unto him void. 

Yours in his Service, 

HATTIE L. COPE. 



"KID THE WORLD OF LEPROSY" 

With this slogan, William M. Danner, Gen- 
eral Secretary of the American Mission to 
Lepers, started September 16th on a round- 
the-world tour. The Mission, cooperating as it 
has done for many years with denominational 
boards of foreign missions, has established a 
chain of nearly a hundred leper asylums in 
lands where the affliction is most severe. 

Mr. Danner carried letters of introduction 
from the Japanese Ambassador and the Chi- 
nese Minister at Washington, which will se- 
cure him access to the strongest statesmen in 
these two countries. In Siam he will seek an 
audience with the King, who personally 
founded the extensive public leper asylum in 
its capital city, Bangkok. He will bring to 
the attention of all the officials he meets the 
excellent results that have been obtained from 
segregation of lepers in Hawaii and the Phil- 
ippines, as well as in the United States. If 
he can induce them even to begin on the 
American policy the end of the historic 
scourge could be said to be in sight, since 
quarantine on a national scale would stop the 
infection of new victims. 



In Africa the white ant is pounded into a 
paste and is considered a food delicacy. 



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JANUARY 20, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



DOINGS AT DAYTON 

To the brotherhood we wish to say briefly 
tha.t some things forecasted in our last of Oc- 
tober notes have become history, and we shall 
endeavor to give information thought to be 
of interest and value to the readers of the 
Evangelist. The First Brethren church has 
been unusually blessed as a congregation since 
its dedication in 1912 with its anticipations 
by Dr. Charles A. Bame the pastor with a 
vision hardly considered possible by many of 
its most active members at the time. From 
a book-membership of about 300 in 1912 we 
have grown in numbers to over 1600 listed in 
our recent church roster of 1925, and still the 
outlook is favorable for an increase and con- 
tinued prosperity. For more than ten years of 
this period of growth, Dr. Wm. Spencer Bell 
has been the aggressive and efficient pastor 
of the congregation, and it was with great re- 
gret the membership learned at the recent An- 
nual Business meeting his plans to accept the 
^all to assist Ashland College in their drive 
for a larger endowment, beginning in their 
service about Easter-time this year for a per- 
iod of several years. Under the circumstances, 
the church was requested to release him as 
their active pastor and make other provisions. 

At their late business session, January 1st, 
the church consiaercd the call of Dr. Bell to 
his new field later in the year and extended 
an invitation to Dr. Alva J. McClain for sub- 
stitute pastor until September jst. They also 
issued a call for regular pastor to Dr. Wm. 
H. Beachler of South Bend, Indiana, to begin 
September 1st for a period of one year, which 
he has accepted with provisions. The church 
feels itself very fortunate to have both these 
ministers accept the calls extended to them, 
and feels that her future of the continued 
success is assured under their administration 
as indicated. Dr. Bell has Consented to con- 
tinue hii residence at Dayton, Ohio, until Sep- 
tember 1st, and remain as inactive pastor, 
though willing to offer suggestions from time 
to time to the officers of the church when 
requested during the period Dr. McClain is 
the substitute in charge until he can remove 
to Dayton after the close of his college en- 
gagement. 

We are incidentally informer by Rev. Wm. 
A. Gearhart, General Home Mission Secre- 
tary-Treasurer, that the First Brethren church 
of Dayton made their late Thanksgiving offer- 
ing about $1200, which he expects will be 
somewhat increased yet by pledges and pay- 
ments. The "White-Gift's offering .for the 
King, was a great occasion when more than 
50 baskets for the needy were brought to the 
platform and over $200 in cash given, this 
with the exercises was very much appreciated 
by the officers of the Sunday school and 
church. Mr. Robert Earl Kline, organist, gave 
a very fine organ recital at the gift's service 
on the pipe organ which was thoroughly en- 
joyed by all. 

During a recent absence of Dr. Bell, the 
pastor, while holding an evangelistic engage- 
ment with the First Brethren church, Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania, the services of our church 
were mostly taken care of by home talent, ex- 



cept that Rev. Peter Quartel of the City Mis- 
sion, gave us a fine sermon on Sunday morn- 
ing, and on one occasion, Honorable Orion E. 
Bowman delivered a sermon on the theme, 
' ' The Trial of Jesus ' ', from a lawyer 's stand- 
point, which was very well received. 

At the New Year's Business Meeting, Mr. 
Orion E. Bowman with his two assistants, 
Roy H. Kinsey and Fred W. Eccard were 
again ro-elocted for another year, together 
with other elective officers. I now quote 
from the pastor's annual report: ''The church 
has maintained throughout the year, a vigor- 
ous and aggressive program of work. We 
have maintained our position among the 
ranking churches of Dayton, and are so rec- 
ognized. There has been splendid cooperation, 
fellowship and a united working body. We 
have given support to all the interests of the 
church at large. Have cooperated with the 
great Protestant body of churches in our own 
city in all the cooperative projects. The Bible 
school under the able leadership of Orion E. 
Bowman and his competent body of assistants 
and teachers is still at the head and lead all 
the schools of the city and county. This has 
been the greatest year's record in the history 
of the school." Continuing, the pastor says: 
"The Woman's Missionary Society has a ca- 
pable leadership with Mrs. J, M. Wine as 
president, who has a cabinet of excellent offi- 
cers. During the last year at a cost of over 
$1200 they installed modern equipment for 
kitchen and dining room. They have contrib- 
uted to all the interests of the church at home 
and at large. This society has made a great 
record for the year just past." 

The church decided to support an "Honor 
Roll" for the Evangelist this year, and many 
other things of interest could be named, but 
it would be inexpedient to take more space at 
this time. The evangelistic campaign with 
Dr. Charles H. Ashman in the pulpit is start- 
ing off fine, and a report will be given later 
to the Evangelist. May ■vj'O have your pray- 
ers for the work at Dayton, First Brethren? 
WILLIAM C. TEETER, 
Corresponding Secretary. 

59 Lorcnz Ave., Dayton, Ohio. 



HAMPTON, NEW JERSEY 

Believing that the readers of the "Evan- 
gelist" would be interested in hearing of our 
work here at Hampton, we thought it would 
be well to explain a little regarding it. 

As there has never been any report con- 
cerning our work, we will start at the begin- 
ning when in the summer of 192.3 an evan- 
gelistic campaign was held, under the dire*- 
tion of Brother A. E. Thomas which resulted 
in about thirteen members desiring to organ- 
ize a Brethren church. Not being enough for 
a church, we were placed in a class, the home 
church being at Calvary, New Jersey. We at 
once launched out to serve the Lord in the 
best possible way. 

Many problems and difficulties confronted 
us, as we were unable to support a resident 
pastor, and had no church of our own, in 
which to worship. But the Lord was with us, 



and we were soon able to rent a church, where 
wo could hold our services and Brother C. E. 
Kolb, well known to all Evangelist readers 
came and preached for us during the week, 
not being able to come to us on Sunday, as he 
was then pastor at AUentown, Pennsylvania. 

We at onco organized a Sunday school of 
about fifteen members. Although few in num- 
ber, we knew that God does not count num- 
bers as we do, and we felt encouraged to try 
.still harder to work for the Master, praying 
that our work might grow, and the Lord has 
wondrously answered our prayers and blessed 
our efforts. 

On November 20, 1923, evangelistic services 
were held by Rev. C. E. Kolb. Four converts 
were the result of these meetings, all of which 
united with our class. 'Then again in Septem- 
ber, 1924, evangelistic services were held by 
Brother A. E. Thomas. At these meetings only 
one convert was the result, but we find m 
Luke 15:10, "There is joy in the presence of 
the angels of God, over one sinner that re- 
penteth", therefore we could not feel discour- 
aged, and a great spiritual awakening was felt 
in the hearts and lives of every member, due 
to Brother Thomas' wonderful messages. 

Many discouragements came to us on ac- 
count of bad weather, and nearly all of the 
members having to travel over country roads, 
some a distance of three miles, but the Lord 
always provided a way, and only a few Sun- 
days during the severe winter of 1925 were 
we obliged to leave the doors closed. 

We now have a Missionary Society of thir- 
teen active members, and our prayer meetings 
are well attended and very helpful. Then 
last, but not least, after much prayer the Lord 
has supplied our pulpit, with a pastor. Brother 
S. Adams of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who 
so willingly and faithfully comes to us each 
Lord'i day with a message, that helps to give 
us new courage, and we feel sure, that with a 
man of God, whose whole life is consecrated 
to the Master's service, as is Brother Adams, 
our work must grow and the kingdom of God 
be advanced in the world. 

The Class at Hampton feels very thankful 
to Brother Adams for coming to us each week, 
for we realize what a great sacrifice he is 
making, but we don't forget to ask the Lord 
to bless his efforts, and we know he will be 
given strength for every trial. 

Our Class has grown to a membtrship of 19 
with bright prospects of others uniting with 
us in the near future. Our Sunday school now 
numbers 31, and we hope to take on new cour- 
age and to work with greater determination, 
for we know there art greater things in store 
for us if we prove faithful. The Lord has 
surely blessed our efforts and we praise his 
name. 

We ask the prayers of the brotherhood that 
some time in the near future we may have a 
church house of our own in which to worship, 
and that our work may succeed and bring 
glory to the Master's name. 

MIS.S BESSIE BUTLER, 
Sunday School Superintendent. 



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JANUARY 20, 1926 



SECOND BRETHREN SERVICE STATION 
Iios Angeles, California 
Another year of wonderful activity and de- 
velopnicut has come to a sueccssfuJ close, and 
substantial dividends have been declared. 
63 4-10% dividends on the capital stock was 
a good showing for 1SI25. In lUSi dividends 
for this station amounted to 10Q7r, but ow- 
ing to doubling the capital stock January 1, 
1925 the present dividend was cut down. 

Business has been very good here and the 
present outlook is far better than a year ago. 
New investments are constantly being re- 
ceived. All local people, of course, because 
we cannot use foreign stock very well. 

Some interesting facts developed at the 
stockholders' meeting held on the property on 
the evening of December 31, 1925. 

IThe average enrollment for 1925 in the Sun- 
day school was 382 and the average attend- 
ance was 320. The church membership was 
317 on December 31, 1925. Our average SVm- 
day school attendance for the year was larger 
than our church mombcr.ship on the day of 
business meeting, and showed a 30% gain over 
last year. 

The report also shows 123 net gain in 
church membership, and 84 of them came 
through the Sunday school, thus bearing out 
old figures that 85% join the church before 
they are 20 years of age, and 80% come 
through the .Sunday school. A number of 
heads of families are included in this gain. 
It is also interesting to know that an aver- 
age of 186 carried their Bibles each Sunday, 
and this is as it should be. 

We have adopted a slogan for 1926 — 
"Every member of the church a member of 
the Sunday School." The church treasurer 
handled over $6,000.00, exclusive of building 
funds and the Sunday school offering amount- 
ed to 10 cents per member for the year. 

(Some wonderful work has been mapped out 
for 1926 and some good dividend material is 
already in sight. 

Of course we would not boast for anything, 
but if there is another church in the brother- 
hood paying larger dividends we would like 
to hear from you, and we might take you on 
for a contest. 

May the Lord richly bless all Service Sta- 
tions doing business in his name. 

.1. C. McBRIDE. 



souls who promised to take Christ as Savior 
and Lord. 

Brother Lindower has done remarkably well 
in the last year or more. His work is handi- 
capped by his absence from the church to be 
in school. But he is not easily discouraged. 
There is a fine opportunity in the Sunday 
school here which is composed of many chil- 
dren, to develop some real Christian men and 
women. This church holds services in a >'ery 
comfortable and attractive basement, which 
some time will be built higher up. The pastor 
is well liked and has won a place in the hearts 
of the people of the church. Pray for this 
church. CHARLES W. MAYElS. 

Lanark, Illinois. 



SPRINGriELD CENTER, OHIO 
It has recently been our privilege to hold a 
meeting U'u days long, at Springfield Center, 
Ohio, where Brother I^eslie Lindower is the 
good pastor. Our stay here was greatly on- 
joyed and we trust profitable for all. Brother 
Lindower is an old college chum and our as- 
sociation together for a few days seemed 
short indeed. 

Tribulation was ours. But the Book of 
Books says, "Tribulation worketh patience." 
The weather was intensely cold. There was 
much sickness. It wa.s the rush of the holiday 
sca.son. I'^everal prominent members found it 
necessary to lie in other states at the time. 
Ten days' time is too short. 

But the T.,ord can work anywhere and in any 
sort of weather and under any circumstances. 
We give him the glory and the praise for ten 



A PASTOR'S NEW YEAR GREETING AND 
SERMON BRIEF 

(The following clipping from the "Fort 
Scott Tribune" will be read with interest by 
Brother Wood's manj' friends — Editor). 
A New Beginning. A New Vision of Service 

Theme of Rev. L. G. Wood in New Year's 
Sermon 

The pastor of the Brethren church, Eev. L. 
G. Wood, delivered a challenging message to 
an appreciative audience iSunday at 10:45 A. 
M., taking for the text, Revelations 21:&. 
' ' And he that sat upon the throne said. Behold 
I make all things new. ' ' The speaker first 
pointed out the possibility of a new beginning, 
as the charm of life. A new beginning fresh- 
ens life by giving place to hope, and putting 
away all past failures. These new beginnings 
mean new experiences and an enlarging vi- 
sion. The new forms of modern existence is 
loudly calling for the unfolding of a Christian 
civilization. 

The pastor exhorted his congregation to a 
new vision of service which will be in har- 
mony with the spirit and opportunities of this 
New Year. Some are asking, what is the mat- 
ter with the church? It is the best and the 
greatest institution in the world, and is pre- 
senting in her divine message, the most sub- 
lime challenge to human effort. 

May we take three words and lay the step- 
ping stones to a successful an.swer to this New 
Year's challenge: 

First: RECOGNIZE — Recognize our need of 
just such a Savior as Jesus Christ purposes to 
be. It is extremely sad to think of this new 
world being ushered in, one of these days and 
find us in our old garb. 

S'econd: RELY — We must rely entirelj- and 
only upon Christ. He alone can furnish the 
"robe of righteousness." He alone can crown 
life with richness and unfading glory. 

Third: RESPONSE— The only way we can 
prove our recognition of Christ and our reli- 
ance up(in him is by meekly responding to his 
great invitation and program. 

"Therefore my beloved brethren, be y» 
steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in 
the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know 
that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." 

This message was concluded with the pas- 
tor's personal New Year's greeting, which fol- 
lows: 

A New Year's Greeting 

As the old year becomes a part of all our 
yesterdays, and wo stand upon the threshold 
of the new year, we experience a mingling of 



emotion, among which predominates the feel- 
ing of gratitude imto him who is the author 
of every good thing. 

I desire to express my appreciation to the 
members of the congregation and friends who 
have shown me so many kindly courtesies 
since my return to Fort Scott, two months 
ago. From the loyalty shown during this 
time, success in the service of our King, and 
for our beloved church, which he purcha.sed 
with his own blood, is assured. 

We have passed through a momentous year, 
whose loom has been strung with the warp and 
woof of destiny. It has been a year of test- 
ing, of your faith, in more ways than one. I 
hope you have emerged from all of the un- 
pleasant experiences of the old year, with a 
meek and holy desire to promote "peace on 
earth and good will to all men." 

As we look back we feel that a real prog- 
ress has been made. A deeper peace enfolds. 
the world today, than ever before since the 
Angel choir sang peace over the Judean hills. 
The statesmen of the whole world are rec- 
ognizing the fact that the problems of state 
and nations, as of individuals, are moral and 
spiritual problems, more than political. We 
are coming to a clearer understanding of the 
words of the great Apostle, when he said: 
"Other foundations can no man lay than that 
which is laid, which is Christ Jesus." 

We now bid the old year good-bye with a 
bit of regret, conscious that we have not lived 
up to our opportunities, in all things. Many 
words and deeds we would blue pencil if we 
could, and in service unperformed we would 
retrace our steps to render. 

But a realization that past failures can lie 
made stepping stones to a better future, en- 
ables us to turn our faces toward that future 
with a firmer hope and a finer resolve. 

With implicit faith in our heavenly Father, 
who is able, out of the imperfect past, to work 
out a far more exceeding weight of glory, and 
trusting through him my ministry may be of 
constructive value to the Brethren church and 
also to the entire community. 

I extend to one and all the greetings of the 
season, and wish for you a year of developing 
contentment and peace, in which the spiritual 
and material prosperity may always be in the 
ascendency. And that your joy in the service 
of our divine Master may be increasingly man- 
ifest throughout another vear and for life. 



GENERAL HOME MISSION OFFERING 
Report of Receipts for Home Missions from 
November 15, to December 31, 1925 
Note — Names of contributors giving less 
than $500, are not printed unless the conin- 
bution'was sent direct to our office. Thanks- 
giving offering reports sometimes contain the 
names of those giving less than $5.00 and it 
would consume too much space to print small- 
er contributions. 

General Fund 
Mrs. .Tesse Metzger, Alvado, Ohio, ... $ 1.00 

Clara J. Niebel 5.00 

W. M. S., Liberty, Ch., Quicksburg, 

Va ! 15.00 

Thos. Gibson, Taft, Calif 2.00 

Br. Ch., Clavton (iSalem) Ohio 24.22 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Good 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. W. E. Ronk, 5.00 

Elizabeth Hepner, 5.00 

W. P. R. Shank, 5.00 

Total, both funds, $ 50.22 



JANUARY 20, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 15 



Br. Ch., Dayton, Ohio, (partial ruxjort), $ 67.18 

Elizabeth Campbell, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. E. Newcomer, 5.00 

M. B. Champion, 5.00 

The Wengers, 5.00 

Flo B. Fogarty, 2.50 

P. M. & Susie Klepinger, 5.00 

Geo. W. Wogaman & Family, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. K. A. Patterson, 0.00 

L. B. Shock, 5.00 

Mr..& Mrs. G. W. Brumbaugh, 5.00 

Lewis Forsyth, 5. 00 

Eoy & Lydia Macher, 2.50 

C. B. Ehoads & Family, 5.00 

0. W. Whitehead, 6.00 

Eoy Kinsey & Family, 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. P. Long, 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Henry Murr, 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Klepinger, 10.00 

E. F. Klepinger & Family, 25.00 

Mrs. & Dr. E. W. Longnecker, .30.00 

The O. E. Bowman Family, 35.00 

L. T. Burkett (pledged $500.00), .. 200.00 

L. C. Ehrstine, 5.00 

Mr. & Ms. H. W. Lehman, 5.00 

The W. A. Gearhart Family, 25.00 

A Sister, 25.00 

W. M. S., 25.00 

Samuel Kiehl, 1.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Teeter, 5.00 

Oscar Lentz, 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. F. Kem, 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Noel Allaman, 5.00 

Altruist Bible Class, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. M. W. Eidenour, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Ira Beeghly, 20.00 

Home Builders' Bible Class, 25.00 

Sunday School offering, 38.40 

Wesley Baker, 25.00 

Mrs. Cora Bolander, 2.50 

Matilda McFarland, 5.00 

Mrs. James Olt, . '. 5.0 ) 

Total for Dayton Ch., inc. pledges, $1169.83 
Mrs. J. L. Bowman, Mineral Point, 

Pa., $ 3.00 

rhe Spiggles, Meadow Mills, Va., . . . 5.00 

3tta Studebaker, Mulberry Grove, 111., 5.00 

3r. Ch., Mexico, Ind., 53.65 

3r. iS. S. (Whitedale), Terra Alta, 

W. Va., 21.50 

Jeo. W. Hedrick, Hallendale, Fla., . . 25.00 
Paul C. Studebaker & Family, Ed- 

wardsville. 111., 5.00 

Br. Ch., Teegarden, Ind., 2.80 

5. C. Garver & Family, Wooster, O., 6.00 

inna E. Grubb, Ashland, Oregon, . . . 5.00 

W. M. S., Wooster, Ohio, 5.00 

Mrs. C. A. Will, Eockwood, Pa., 5.00 

3r. Ch., Mansfield, Ohio, 12,75 

Mr. & Mrs. N. J. Buckland, Oakland, 

CaUf., 5.00 

tfra. Verna Ullom, Coldwater, Mich., 5.00 
Mr. & Mrs. Isaac Grubb, Johnstown, 

Ohio, 5.00 

\-aron Showalter, Adrian, Mo., 15.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Lee Mitchell, Eidgely, 

Md., 7.0) 

3eltha Dawson, Marion, Ind., 5.00 

Br. Ch., Eittman, Ohio, 10.21 

E. O. Frank, 5.00 

'Total, both funds, $ 15.21 

3. E. Wise, Middlebranch, Ohio, 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Ernest Beery, Creston, O., 3.00 

Br. Ch., Berlin, Pa., . . ". $ 63.35 

W. A. S'eibert, 10.00 

Mrs. W. A. Seibert 5.00 

W. C. Benshoff, 5.00 

M. O. Barkley, 5.00 

Mrs. M. '0. Barkley, 5.00 

Fred Piatt, 5.00 

Minnie E. Dickey, 5.00 

Mrs. C. P. Bear, 5.00 

A. B. Cober, 5.00 

1. C. Miller, 5.00 

Mrs. A. J. Long, 5.00 

Total, both funds $123.35 

Emma Olinger, Meyersdale, Pa., ... $ 10.00 

Kate Olinger, Meyersdale, Pa., 10.00 

Br. Ch., Sergeantsville, N. J., 23.00 

Ida S. Leigh, 2.50 

Mr. & Mrs. Jos. D. Wilson, 5.00 



Margaret H. Wilson, 2.00 

Total, both funds, $ 41.00 

,Elnora Fike, Terra Alta, W. Va., .. $ 10.0 J 

Br. Ch., (Mt. Zion), Logan, Ohio, ... $ 23.25 

Mr. & Mrs. Pearl Lowry, Garwin, la., 5.00 

Br. Ch., College Corner, Ind., $ 59.25 

Total, both fund.s, $ 08.95 

Br. Ch., West Alexandria, Ohio, $ 16.25 

Mr. & Mrs. H. J. Einer, 10.00 

Total, both funds, $ 26.25 

Mr. & Mrs. D. Crofford, Hallandale, 

Fla., $ 10.00 

Br. Ch., Bryan, Ohio, $121.50 

Total, both funds, $175.00 

Br. Ch., Masontown, Pa., $ 40.00 

Jno. B. Norman & Family, 10.00 

Mrs. G. W. Honsaker, ..." 5.00 

Mrs. James Brown, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Morgan Dean, 5.00 

Mrs. W. L. Graham, 5.00 

Total, both funds, $ 75.00 

Br. Ch., Oakville, Ind., $ 88.00 

Chas. Kern, ' 10.00 

C. C. & Eosa Harry, 10.00 

Guy Edwards, 10.00 

S. Lowman, 10.00 

W. M. iS., ■ 10.00 

Louis Skinner, 5.00 

C. M. Holsinger, 5.00 

Geo. Metzker, 5.00 

Geo. Hoover, 5.0 ) 

Ora Keesling, 5.00 

Jessie Swain, 5.00 

S. M. Swain, 5.00 

Minnie Peckinbaugh, 5.00 

Audry L. Ehoton, 5.00 

Frank & Edna Swain, 10.00 

Total, both funds, $208.0') 

Br. Ch., Dallas Center, Iowa, $ 21.05 

Mr. & Mrs. Conrad Grief, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. H. iSmith, 6.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. B. Studebaker, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. O. Gring, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. D. F. Hoover, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Chas. A. Eoyer, 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Noah Hawbaker, 5.00 

Total, both funds, $101.05 

Mr. & Mrs. E. C. Foeht, Union City, 

Ind., .' . $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. W. Heltman, Oakland, 

Calif., 10.00 

Br. Ch., Eavstown, Pa 21.65 

Chas. Berke'ybile, Mifflin, Pa., 5.00 

Br. Ch., Camden, Ohio, 12.00 

P. G. Cober, Somerset, Pa., 5.00 

Mrs. E. G. Goode, Harisonburg, Va., 5.00 

Br. Ch., Pittsburgh, Pa., 115.00 

Ira C. Wilcox, 10.00 

W. G. Gans, 5.00 

H. Schultz 5.00 

Scott Eiehael, 40.00 

Total, both funds, $175.00 

(To be continued.) 



Sometimes the wolf rides on the running- 
board. — ^Arkansas Gazette. 

Traffic will prove a great aid to evolution. 
Only the quick thinkers will eventually sur- 
vive. — ^San Francisco Chronicle. 



The Church and Why We Should 
Belong to It 

(Continued from page 11) 

together is the story about the boy Jesus on 
his first trip to the temple. You know the 
rest of the story, I am sure. Jesus' parents 
started for home without noticing that Jesus 
was not with the children who were in the 
company. Finally, when they missed him and 
went back to Jerusalem after him, they found 



him in the house of God talking with the doc- 
tors and lawyers. He was asking them ques- 
tions and talking with them and they must 
have been very interested in him, I think. Do 
you know what this boy said when his mother 
asked him why he had not gone with thom'2 
He asked her if she did not know that he 
must work for his Father. By his Father, he 
meant his Father God, up in heaven. 

Jesus taught us to pray to God and call him, 
Our Father. Then, let us remember to be 
about his business and work for him, too. In 
the time of our story, there were no churches 
like we have today. Instead, they had the 
Temple and they had the Synagogue, a place 
of worship. Jesus went to one of these 
places to worship God always on the Sabbath 
day. This is one reason why we think that 
we should join the church and attend regu- 
larly, because Jesus did. Another reason why 
we, boys and girls, should join the church, is 
so that we can make friends with other peo- 
ple who are God's children and are serving 
him. We can work better when we have 
friends to work with. It is hard io aceom- 
plish things and to think out how to do things 
by ourselves, so it is a good thing lo become 
members of the church and be with people who 
are serving the same Master we are, with 
whom we can work. When we are young we 
have many more years of work to offer to the 
Master, so we should join the church and be- 
come faithful to him while we are yet young. 
Daily Readings 

The Church begun. Acts 2:46,47. 

An organized church. Acts 6.1-7. 

God 's house. 1 Timothy 3 : 15. 
Living stones in the church. 

1 Peter 2:5. 

Friendship in the church. 

1 John 1:7. 

Salvation. Eev. 22:17. 
Ohio. 



M., Jan. 25 
T., Jan. 26 
W., Jan. 27 
T., Jan. 28 

F., Jan. 29 



S., Jan. 30 
Ashland, 



CO'LUMBXJS, OHIO 

Although recently we have made no report 
of our wor kat this place, through the pages 
of our work at this place, through the pages 
faithful have pressed bravely on in the good 
work of the Lord, and while we have not al- 
ways realized the most encouraging results 
we have continued to do our best, by God's 
help, trusting him for blessing upon our ef- 
forts. 

That which interested us most during the 
recent weeks was our evangelistic and revival 
campaign conducted by Brother A. E. Thomas, 
who came to us December 1 and mightily 
preached the Word for three weeks. His ser- 
mons were considered among the very best 
and they were delivered with great power. The 
Gospel could hardly be presented most appeal- 
ingly and convincingly than it was by Brother 
Thomas. Besides his sermons, his lectures on 
Sunday afternoons and his Bible ITalks on 
other afternoons were well received. His 
iSunday afternoon lecture on "100% Ameri- 
canism" was particularly a great message. 
During his stay with us, Brother Thomas lec- 
tured at three different high schools, having 
a total audience of more than three thousand 
pupils, all of whom responded with enthusias- 
tic applause. He also spoke at the luncheon 
of the Business Men's Pocket Testament 
League and preached early one Sunday morn- 



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JANUARY 20, 1926 



iug to tlio prisoiK'is in tlio city prisou. llo 
aei'ompuniod the pastor iu muuy culls in thu 
parish and faithfully holped in the porsoual 
work. His work was satisfactory iu every 
way aud it was a groat pleasure to work with 
hiui. The niootiags were well advertised both 
iu the city papers aud by priutod cards. The 
weather was very favorable nearly the whole 
time. Yet, it seemed impossible to get a largo 
attendance except on (Sundays. The unsaved 
especially were few and irregular iu alteud- 
auce. This was undoubtedly due to the over- 
whelming interest iu the coniniorcialized spirit 
of Ohristma.s, which began even before our 
campaigu. It seemed that few people could 
give any thought or time to anything but that 
which pertained to Christmas. It seems 
strange that the celebration of the birthday 
of Christ, "The Lamb of Goil, that taketh 
away the sin of the world," could detract so 
n;uch from an evangelistic campaigu. 1 feel 
sure that if we had held the campaign either 
a month earlier or later it would have re- 
sulted in many times the success. We had 
wanted to hold the campaigu in November, 
but Brother Thomas could not come then. 
Against our better judgment we went ahead 
with the meetings iu December, hoping to 
overcome the adverse iniluences, but they 
proved too strong for us to attain the success 
we had wished. 

However, four were added to the meiulier- 
ship of the church as a result of this cam- 
paign, three by baptism aud oue by letter from 
the Church of the Brethren, and two young 
lives were dedicated for life service to Jesus, 
besides several dedications to more faithful 
service. Furthermore, the church has been re- 
vived in spirit aud is pressing forward into 
the New Year with increased fervor. For all 
this we are truly thankful. 

I am sorry that Brother Thomas could not 
have come to us at a more opportune time. 
Doubtless the results would have been much 
more satisfactory. However, the results were 
large, much larger perhaps than some of us 
think. I consider Brother Thomas a very able 
evangelist and oue that ought to be kept con- 
tinually busy in evangelism in the church. 

Our communion service was held Sunday 
evening, January 3, and was considered by 
many as the most spiritual communion wc 
have had for a long time. A peculiarly holy 
atmosphere seeemed to pervade the entire ser- 
vice, which was closed with a number of ear- 
nest testimonies. 

Though we know what dilTiculties and hin- 
drances await us we will fearlessly press on 
and by his grace do all we can to make this 
a great year of victory. 

H. M. OBERHOr.TZEK, 

1103 Dugan Avenue. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



I>0\VKL.L-I'RICE— .\t the home of C. A. 
Ulrick of Udell. Iowa, on the 20th dav o( De- 
cember. 1925. Miss Hazel B. Price and" Mr. Ora 
A. Powell were united in marriage in the 
presence of a few friends by the writer. 

G. T. RONK. 

YETI-EY-PEVTG— Mr. Donald Yetley. of 
Garwin. Iowa, and Miss Olsa Bertina Devlg:. 
of Le Grand. Iowa, were united in m.irriagre 
at the Carlton Brethren Parsonage, on Christ- 
mas eve. December 24. 1925. The bride has 
been employed for some time, in domestic 



woik in iMar.slialltown. Tlie groom is a far- 
mer and an active member of the Carlton 
Brethren church. The yiiung people will make 
their honu'. for the present, with the pai'Hjnts 
of the groom iu this community. These ore 
splendid young people and their hosts of 
friends Join in wishing them every happiness. 
Ceremony by the writer. CARL, E. HEL.SER. 



IN THE SHADOW 



IIliiMDKRU — John il. Huniberd, son of 
Sanuiel and Lucinihi Humherd, was born in 
Carnill County. Indiana. July 20, 1SB6. and de- 
parted this life to be with his Lord Decem- 
ber 3!l, 1915. being ,^i9 yea•l^s, 5 months and 9 
days old. For the most part his life was 
spent in Carroll County. On September 4. 
1SS9 he was married to Phoebe A. Flora. To 
this \inion were burn six children, thi'ee dying 
in infancy. The living are U. I. Huinberd of 
Ashland College. Ashland. Ohio: Mrs. Virgil 
Stinebaugh of Delphi, Indiana: Neva Huni- 
berd at home. Mr. Humbei'd lea\'es four sis- 
It'rs. one brother, .and one foster-brother. 
They are: Jlrs. C. .\. Welty; Mrs. Kd. Walker, 
Mrs." Wilbur Uieliardson, all of Flora: Nancy 
Miller of Hagerstown, Indiana: Kev. R. I. 
Hunibe-i'd of North Little Rock. Arkansas; 
Charlie Pope of Flora. Beside the wife and 
family there are five grandchildren and a 
host of relativfs and friends to mourn the 
passing of this good man. 

Perhaps the progress and development of 
the local eluuch was the result of his work 
and faithfulness more than any otiier one 
m.an. Drother Humberd has ser\-ed in the 
olTice of Deacon for twenty-tlve of the thirty 
years that he has been identified with the 
church. I''or ten years he served as Sunday 
School Superintendent. He was also a strong- 
supporter of the mission in Kentucky, having 
taught one year at the Riverside Institute, 
and three terms at Krypton. 

Services were held at the Brethren church 
in Flora. F1^.\NK G. COLEMAN. Pastor. 

ResolutlonN of Condolence 

Whereas, the All-Wise Heavenly Father has 
seen fit to remove from our midst a beloved 
brother, John M. Humberd, who entered into 
rest Tuesday, December 29, 1925. 

Therefore be it resolved that the Flora 
First Brethren church acknowledge the loss of 
an esteemed and active member, one who has 
served as deacon for the home church for a 
period of twenty-five years and also as a 
teacher in the Kentucky Mission schools. 

And be it resolved that we extend to the 
bereaved family our sincere s.\-mpathy and 
trust that they may be comforted by the 
thought that the loved one gone before is 
waiting beyond to welcome us to th.e "Hern:il 
home. He was ready and willing to go. for 
he knew that his mansio!i had been prepared 
for him by his Savior and Lord. 

Furthermore, be it resolved that we, the 
members of the church, continue to hi>ld hint 
in loving remembi-ance and be motivatpd by 
the memory of his kinti ond gentle disposition 
and splendid Christian spirit. 

Resolved, that a copy of these resolutions 
be sent to the bereaved family and also sent 
to the Brethren Evangelist, and spread upon 
the minutes of our record book. 

ESTHER ROSKUSKI, 
BESSIE JEWETT, 
AGATH.\ WHEELER. 

ACKER — John Acker, eldest son of Chris- 
tian and ^larga-ivt Acker, was born May 9tb. 
tian and Margaret .Veker, wos born May 9th. 
1S4S. noar Bluntsville. Indiana, and passed 
awa,\' December 22. 1925, aged 77 years, 7 
months and 13 days. In March. 1920 he unit- 
ed with the Brethi'en church of Oakville. and 
remained a faithful ntembei" till death re- 
moved him from the scene of sutTering. He 
had been in ill health for several years, but 
he never complained, enduring his sufferings 
with Christian fortitude. Funeral services 
conducted in the Oakville Brethren church b,v 
the writer, S. LOWM.VN. 

THOM.\S — Mrs. Isabelle Thomas, daughter 
of George and Margaret Thomas, was born 
June ICth, 1842, at Gibbonsglade, Pennsyl- 
vania, and departed this life, December 27. 
1925. aged S3 years. 6 months and 11 days. 
On Slarch 11, 1860, she was united in mar- 
riage to Isaac J. Thomas and the following 
day they started west to make their home in 
Iowa, settling in Mt. Etna. Adams county. 
Three years later they moved to New Vir- 
ginia, which was their home for the Temain- 
der of their days together, having enjoyed 
over sixty-five years of wedded life. To them 
were born four children, only one of w^hich 
remains — Mrs. Mary M. Folger of Osceola. 
Iowa. The faithful husband was at Iier bed- 
side when the last hour came, and though he 
will miss her greatly, he fejoices in the hope 
of a resurrection and a happy reunion. They 
have trusted in the living Savior since child- 
hood: they united with the Brethren church 
in 1860 and immediately established a Chris- 
tian home. Besides the husband and daugh- 
ter, she leaves four grandchildren, eight 



grt. at-grandchildren, and many other dear 
friends. Funeral was held from the Christian 
church in New Virginia, conducted by Kcv. 
Homer Caskey of the Brethren church of 
Lenox, Iowa. I. J. THOMAS. 

STIMMKL — Mrs. Robert Stimmel was bo'i^n 
in the city of Indianapolis, Indiana, May 1, 
1861. and died at her home in Louisville, Ohio. 
Januar^• S, 1SI26. aged 65 years, 7 months and 
7 days. M-i'S. Stimmel with her luisband unit- 
ed with the First Brethren church of Louis- 
ville on November 13. 1920. She is surviv.-d 
by her husband and one daughter. Funir.il 
sei'vices were conducted by her pastor from 
the church on Sund.ay afternoon, January 10. 

R. F. PORTE. 



TRACT PROMOTION 
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A Glorious Sunrise 

A baud of Christians were crossing an 
Eastern desert. The night was dark but they 
determined to push on. Soon they lost their 
way and had to spend the night iu anxiety 
and fear. It seemed the night would never 
pass. But almost all at once the sun rose, 
bringing daylight and showing the way to 
safety. Not one of them ever forgot that sun- 
rising. So the people of this world are lost 
in their wanderings. They are really lost, lost 
in the darkness of sin. But the Sun of 
Righteousness has arisen. He hath shined into 
our hearts because some one brought us to 
the light. Are you trying to bring somebody 
to the light of Christ? Begin now by having 
good tracts in your possession and give them 
out as you go about. Write the Publishing 
Company at Ashland, Ohio, for advice and 
particulars concerning Brethren Tracts. 

R. F. PORTE. 
Director of Tract Puhlieitv. 



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vision? (16 pp.) by G. W. Bench, p« 

dozen, 25 cents. 
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Ordinance, (16 pp.) by J, L. Kimmel, pel 

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Feet Washing A Chtirch Ordinance, (4 pp.) 

by Gillin, per 100, 35 cents. 
The New Testament Teaching of the Lord'i 

Supper, (6 pp.) by Bench, per 100, 4i 

cents. 
Doctrinal Statements, (52 pp) by MUlei, pel 

dozen 75 cents, single copies 10 cents. 
Some Fiindameirtal Christian Doctrines, by J 
M. Tombaugh, '25 cents post paid. 
These are well written doctrinal tracte 
concise and to the point. Every Brethre: 
ch'irch should have a liberal supply for dis 
tribution among prospective members am 
also among many who are already member 
of the church, but who have no clear ide 
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Volume XLVIII 
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1926 




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(Photo by Herbert H. Tay, who writes on "Sacred Spots in the Holy Land,") 

The Last Sunday in February 

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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

Official Organ o( the Brethren Church 

Published weekly by the Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio, at $2.00 per year in advance. 



George S. Baer, 
R. R. Teeter, 



Editor 
Business Manager 



Entered at the Post Office at Ashland, Ohio, as second class 
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for in section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized September 
9, 1918. 



IN THIS NUMBER 

Is Coarseness on the Increase? — Editor, 2 

Importance of the Religious Press — Editor, 2 

Mississippi Leads in Lynchings — Editor, ; . . . . 3 

Editorial Eeview, 3 

The iSpiritual vs. the Material — J. L. Kimmel, 4 

Some Brethren Leaders of Yesterday — Dr. Shive) y, 5 

Sacred Spots in the Holy Land — H. H. 'lay, (i 

Prayer — An Apostolic Doctrine — E. A. Duker, 7 

Our Worship Program — Editor, 8 

The Cities of Refuge— Eobert Crees, 9 

Sunday School Lesson Notes — Editor, 10 

iSunday S'chool News — J. A. Garber, 10 

Essay Contest — E. M. Riddle, 11 

Junior Notes — Viirginia Haun, 11 

A Member of Our Macedonian Board — ^Alice Longaker, 12 

News from the Field, 12-16 

In the Shadow 16 

Tract Corner— R. F. Porte 16 



EDITORIAL 



\y 



Is Coarseness on the Increase? 

We were made to wonder about it because of some recent ob- 
servations. And the observations impressed us the more and seemed 
the more significant because they were so casual. We had no thought 
of gathering statistics, or of getting anything on present day stand- 
ards. We have not taken these few incidents so seriously as to be 
oppressed and made pessimistic regarding the future, 3'et we feel jus- 
tified in raising the question, if perchance those who are in the 
"look-outs" on the walls of Zion may have their scrutiny directed 
toward a growing evil that may have by some been overlooked. 

We stepped into a grocery store recently and heard a girl, per- 
haps eighteen years of age, recounting to a man of middle life cer- 
tain happenings in a show she had attended the night before. Her 
description required her to make use of language and make refer- 
ence to wearing apparel and to parts of the human body in ways 
that, to say the least, were unusual and surprising, if not shock- 
ing, and men were turning their attention to her with looks that 
were curious and a little puzzled. Yet she seemed entirely unem- 
barrassed and accepted the gazes and attention with rather a sense 
of satisfaction. We have every reason to believe she was an entirely 
virtuous girl, but she had evidently lost the sense of delicacy and 
refinement that we have been wont to prize in womanhood. 

We wore endeavoring to make our way through a flock of high 
school students, leisurely wending their way homeward after school, 
and as we passed, one of the boys reproduced a coarse joke which, 
it became evident from their conversation, he had gotten at a recent 
movie. There followed a horse-laugh which echoed far down the 
street and was participated in by a number of the girls as well as 
of the boys. Instead of the joke being received with the disapproval 
of silence, which was the least it deserved, it was thoroughly enjoyed 
and approved by hilarious, ear-grating laughter. 

Standing in the broad entrance-way to a large and very respected 
business establishment, visited by people of every social standing, 
were a number of men and women in a group, talking and laughing 
boisterously. It seemed that the subject of their conversation was 
a recent marriage of two of their acquaintances, which event was 
furni.shing the occasion for some humorous and uncomplimentary re- 
marks about the marriage relation. One of those making a witty 
remark seemed to have gotten his cue from a popular cartoon car- 
ricaturing home life. And from the guffaws of the men and the 



uusuppressed laughter of the women it seemed that no one took ex- 
ception to the coarseness involved. They were not bad people; their 
countenances were clean and they showed no signs of being other 
than just our ordinary, respectable folk. But they lacked refinement 
and culture; they had a very inadequate sense of moral values; they 
had no high and wholesome regard for that which is proper and of 
good taste. 

Many other incidents might be recounted, but these which came 
within the experience of one trip about town, are sufficient to war- 
rant one 's raising the question as to whether there is a growing ten- 
dency toward coarseness, and even vulgarity, not only among the 
young, but among all ages and classes. Whatever tendency there is 
in that direction, we are persuaded is due in no small degree to two 
influences; namely, the movie and the popular newspaper cartoon. 
Added to these is the failure on the part of the home to exercise a 
proper counteracting influence. In fact, many homes are themselves 
pervaded by a spirit of coarseness and vulgarity, and parents are 
often found sneering at influences that encourage true nobility and 
propriety of speech and conduct. They mistake culture for snobbery, 
and refinement for an overbearing superiority, and one given to high 
ideals and self -betterment they look upon as a "high-brow." 

Perhaps some may consider these things as of very slight signifi- 
cance, and as affording no cause for alarm, and yet they can hardly 
be passed by so lightly when we realize that nothing so truly reveals 
the real self as the type and quality of our manners and the refine^ 
ment of our speech. These are the outward signs of the inner char- 
acter and being, and they warrant our concern. 



Importance of the Religious Press 

Time and again we have emphasized the importance of the relig- 
ious press, particularly from the standpoint of our denominational 
interests. But we fear many have been inclined to discount our 
words as coming from one who is biased by a special interest in our 
church press. We are glad therefore to pass on the words of another 
On this point, the words of one who represents an interest that 
receives very generous support from the secular press as well as from 
the religious press. Dr. Howard B. Grose, director of the Bureau of 
Information of the National Council of Y. M. C. A. 's of the United 
States, bears this significant testimony: 

"Whether the advertisers have as yet discovered it or not,, there 
was never greater need for a live, intelligent, wide-visiond religious 
press in our country. The Protestant press has a work of magnitude 
and importance to do in creating the right kind of public opinion and 
unifying it in the bringing together of the Protestant forces of 
America, as a matter of preparation for whatever emergencies may 
arise." 

And we might add that the denominational press especially has 
a great work to do, a work that surpasses that of all other agencies 
in this particular, in building up denominational intelligence and 
loyalty, and in unifying the various widely separated geographical 
sections and bringing about the harmonizing of emphasis and the 
centering of effort along certain well defined lines. Nothing is more 
important to denominational success than just this, and that being 
true, it should be a matter of the most vital concern on the part 
of every church leader to see that the church paper enjoys the widest 
circulation possible. !To give encouragement to this end, every pastor 
should feel it his bounden duty, for he is the key to the situation. 



Mississippi Leads in Lynching 

The state of Mississippi has the unenviable record of committing 
the most lynchings during the year of 1925 — the number being six. 
The total number of lynchings during the year was sixteen, the same 
number as during the preceding year. While this record is shameful 
enough, yet it is encouraging in that it is the smallest number of 
persons lynched during any other year since records have been kept, 
according to the report of Dr. E. R. Moton, Principal of Tuskegee 
Institute. It is "17 less than the number 33 for 1923, and 41 less 
than the number 57 for 1922." Aside from the six lynchings which 
occurred in Mississippi, the other states whose names were blotted 
by this crime are Alabama, 1; Arkansas, 1; Florida, 2; Georgia, 2; 
Louisiana, 1; Missouri, 1; Utah, 1; Virginia, 1. Of the sixteen per- 
sons lynched all were Negroes. 

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vented lynchings. Seven of these were in northern states and thirty- 
two in southern states. In three instances during the year persons 
charged with being connected with lynching mobs were indicted. Of 
the forty-one persons thus before the courts, twenty-one were sen- 
tenced; five suspended sentences, dependent on good behavior; and 
others received jail sentences. The propaganda carried on for a 
number of years by the churches and the religious press has caused 
sentiment to crystallize so strongly against this crime, that more and 
more caution is being taken to prevent it. The Tuskegee Institute 
has also had large part in bringing about this advance by its records 
and the publicity given to them. May the good work go on until 
lynchings shall no longer blot the good name of our great and proud 
country. 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 

Brother D. A. G. Teeter, whose present home is Warsaw, Indiana, 
informs us that he is in a revival meeting at Lapaz of that state 
where he is pastor, and asks for prayer in behalf of the campaign. 

Christian Endeavorers should not fail to give careful attention 
to Brother E. M. Riddle's outline of the annual essay contest condi- 
tions and the announcement of valuable scholarship prizes. Ashland 
College Night is the event to be thus featured. 

In case you have not yet taken your Publication Day offering 
do it quickly and make it the best you can. Keep up with the sched- 
ule of offerings and you will not get into trouble. If you let them 
drag, they will become annoying and burdensome. 

A neat little announcement was received at the editor's home 
from Rev. and Mrs. E. M. Riddle, informing us of the arrival at 
the church parsonage at Bryan, Ohio, on January 19th of Joan Eliz- 
abeth, weight seven pounds. In behalf of the Evangelist family we 
extend to Brother and Sister Riddle most hearty congratulations. 

Dr. C. A. Bame, pastor of the Ashland church, and who is en- 
gaged in a revival campaign at the Third church of Johnstown, 
Pennsylvania, writes, "Our meeting is wonderful; 34 confessions at 
the fourth drawing of the net; crowded houses and beautiful har- 
mony. These two congregations are more than ready, they are an.'c- 
ious for union." 

We learn in an indirect way that the evangelistic campaign just 
closed at Masontown, Pennsylvania, with Brother B. T. Burnworth as 
evangelist, resulted in about twenty-five confessions. Brother J. L. 
Gingrich is the faithful pastor, and will doubtless soon give us a 
report of the meeting, as well as of other events of interest. Brother 
Burnworth is now assisting Brother George H. Jones of Conemaugh 
in a campaign. 

A letter from Miss Alice B. Longaker, office secretary of the 
Foreign Board, passes on an example in giving that should cau.so most 
of us to throw away any pride we may have had in the size of our 
gifts for missions, or any other department of the Lord's work for 
that matter. There are here and there some precious souls who make 
really sacrificial gifts, but most of us give out of our comfort, if not 
of our abundance. 

We notice by the weekly calendars of the First church of Phil- 
adelphia, that Brothher R. Paul Miller and his faithful co-workers 
dre making a strong effort to clear the church of its final indebtedness 
by February 14th. The entime amount was covered with pledges in 
February a year ago, and now they are endea-voring to cash in on 
those pledges. They will have the good wishes and prayers of many 
friends of the congregation. 

The First church of Los Angeles is pressing forward in their 
splendid work. They closed the year with a decision day service 
which resulted in twenty-three making the good confession. Their 
once-a-month breaking of bread, followed by a discussion period is 
an interesting innovation and sliould result in greatly strengthening 
the spirit of fraternity among the membership. ;They carried out an 
interesting surprise celebration of the silver wedding anniversary of 
their pastor and his wife. Brother and Sister N. W. Jennings. 



With this issue Dr. Martin Shively begins his promised series of 
articles on iSome Pioneer Ministers of the Church. He is to provide 
one article a month, and it is expected that the series will extend 
through two years. The first of these fathers of the church to re- 
ceive attention is Elder H. S". Jacobs, father of President E. E. 
Jacobs of Ashland College. This is a most important service that 
Dr. Shively is rendering, and it is hoped that it will result in not 
only making these pioneers, most of whom are gone, more real, but 
ruore appreciated by the younger members of our church, and espe- 
cially the ministry. 

We learn that the Martinsburg church in Pennsylvania is in the 
midst of a revival campaign, being conducted by their new pastor, 
Brother James S. Cook, who recently came to them from Turlock, Cal- 
ifornia, where he served faithfully and efficiently for a number of 
years as pastor. Brother W. S. Crick, our informant, and pastor of 
the New Enterprise church, thirteen miles distant, tells us that he 
was planning at the time of writing to go with his congregation for 
a fraternal visit to the Martinsburg people to encourage them iu 
their campaign. 

Brother W. R. Deeter, the busy pastor of the church at Portis, 
Kansas, tells of the progress of the Lord's work at that place and 
of some of the many forms of community leadership which he is 
exercising. We are in receipt of the excellent program of the ser- 
vice observing the third anniversary of the dedication of their new 
church, and it is unique in the number of local talent participating. 
It will be remembered that the former church was burned and the Hrst 
task of Brother Deeter upon assuming the pastorate was to lead in 
the rebuilding. The membership has been increased to the number 
01 forty-nine. 

We are glad ta note that Brother W. S. Crick is complying with 
our request that churches make quarterly reports of their work to 
the Evangelist, and we hope many other pastors who have not been 
doing so heretofore, will follow his example. His report of the work 
at the three congregations in his charge — Yellow Creek, Raystown, 
and New Enterprise — is very encouraging. Eight additions to the 
church at Raystown and two at New Enterprise are tabulated. All 
three congregations showed their appreciation of their pastor and 
his help-meet by generous gifts at the Christmas season. 

The financial report of Brother W. A. Gearhart, begun in last 
week's issue, gives receipts from the middle of November to the close 
of the year. It is possibly one of the best reports that he has 
made covering that period and shows the increased interest that is 
being taken in the extension of the church in the homeland. And 
no task of the general church is more urgent and requires giving in 
larger sums than just that. It is well that this fact is beginning to 
dawn upon our consciousness, for progress in many other lines is be- 
ginning to tarry for the advance here. Our church future is bright 
or not depending on the zeal we show in home missions. Let the 
good reports continue to come. 

The General Secretary of the National Sunday School Association, 
Prof. J. A. Garber, has something of interest for all iSunday school 
workers on the Sunday school page. He speaks of the "larger" and 
"prompter" White Gift offerings, the splendid work being done by 
Brother M. A. Stuckey, and special features appearing in "The Ed- 
ucator" and then announces the coming International Sunday School 
Convention to be held at Birmingham, Alabama, in April. This re- 
minds us that the Ashland Times-Gazette recently announced that the 
Ashland County Council of Religious Education, had delegated its 
general secretary. Brother Garber, and his good wife, as its repre- 
sentatives to that great convention. 

We have an interesting report form the new correspondent of 
the Long Beach church, who writes that this thriving church, at the 
threshold of its thirteenth year of history, is not entertaining any 
superstitious fears regarding the number "thirteen", and by contin- 
uing the year with prayer, as they started it with prayer, they 
have no reason to expect anything but a continuation of God's abund- 
ant blessing. Dr. Bauman, their pastor, is assisting Brother Herbert 
H. Tay and the congregation at LaVerne in an evangelistic campaign 
and in February is to begin a similar campaign in the North Long 
Beach Mission, following the dedication of the new church house. 
This mission has been conducted and financed by the First church of 
that city. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



The Material versus the Spiritual 



By J. L. Kimmel 



It is generally conceded that the oi'igin of man was at 
least six thousand years ago. Scientists tell us that the 
human race is much older than what the Bible chronologists 
make it. But whatever the time may be, whether it is six 
thousand years or six million years, there is no doubt that 
man's problems have been very much the same all down 
through the ages. 

The two great problems that man has had to face from 
the beginning until now have been the material and the spir- 
itual. First life, then death. Life man possessed and death 
was sure to come. So the first great problem was how to 
maintain life and the second was how to meet death. These 
are still the problems of the race and ever will be. 

God has implanted into every living creature a desire 
to live and to protect its offspring. He gave strength to the 
lion, fleet of foot to the deer, and wings to 
the fowl, and reasoning faculties to man. This 
makes man responsible to God, the creator, 
and the preserver of us all. It is therefore 
perfectly proper and right that man should 
have a desire to live and to enjoy life to its 
fullest extent. It is also natural for the ma- 
terial to appeal very strongly to the human 
mind. And the history of the M'orld is that 
man has been inclined to pay too much atten- 
tion to the material and to neglect altogether 
the spiritual. It is true, however, that there 
have been noble exceptions in all ages, but 
these have been entirely too few and the 
masses have overestimated the material and 
underrated the spiritual. 

Haijpiness is the great overwhelming desire 
of the human soul. Everything that man does, 
he does with a view to happiness, whether 
good or bad. The question then is: What 
brings true happiness into a man's life? Is it 
the material things of life, or is it the spiritual 
tilings of life What makes a nation great? Is it the ma- 
terial or the spiritual things that make a nation a tower of 
strength in this world? The fact is that we need both to 
be happy and to accomplish things for the good of the 
world. 

Man is a dual creature. God made him in a psysical 
sense, then he breathed into him the breath of life and man 
became a living soul. That is, God breathed into man a part 
of himself and ever since man has cried out for God. David 
cried, "As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so pant- 
eth my soul after thee, God." When David gave expres- 
sion to this great truth, he uttered the universal language 
of the race. 

The nations of the world have risen and fallen like the 
waves of the sea, simply because they did not have the spri- 
itual to sustain them in the crisis and to give them strength 
that is enduring. The Roman empire is a remarkable dem- 
onstration of this truth. We are told it was three thoiisand 
miles long and fifteen hundred miles wide and had a popu- 
lation of one hundred and twenty millions of people. The 
United States as a nation from ocean to ocean measures 
tliree thousand miles and from the great lakes to the gulf, 
fifteen hundred miles and has a population of one hiindred 
and fifteen millions of people. We are now the richest nation 
in the world and we are told by men who are in a position 
to know, that there is a period of unprecedented prosperity 
before us. Just how much room we have as a nation for 
congratulations because of our great wealth and our iinpar- 
alleled prosperity, is a very grave question. May I quote 
from history, by way of comparison, as to the wealth of the 




Elder J. L. Kimmel 



Roman Empire in the day of its greatest prosperity? 

The City of Rome had a population of four millions of 
people. Its theaters and ampitheaters were among the 
gi'catest the world has ever known. The palace of Nero 
glittered with gold and jewels; perfumes and flowers were 
showered from ivory ceilings. The halls of Heliogabalus 
were hung with cloth of gold, enriched with jewels ; his beds 
were silver and his tables of gold. A banquet dish of Dru- 
sillus weighed five hundred pounds of silver. Tunics were 
embroidered in figures of various animals; sandals were gar- 
nislied with precious stones. Paulina wore jewels when she 
paid visits valued at $800,000.00. Drinking cups were en- 
graved with scenes from poets. Libraries were adorned with 
busts and of rare woods ; sofas were inlaid with tortoise shell 
and covered with gorgeous purple. The Roman grandees 
rode in garnished chariots, bathed in marble 
baths, dined from golden plates, drank from 
crystal cups, slept on beds of down , reclined 
on luxurious couches, wore embroidered robea 
that were adorned with precious stones. They 
ransacked the earth and the seas for rare 
dishes for their banquets and ornamented their 
houses with carpets from Babylon, onxy cups 
from Bithinia, bronzes from Corinth, marbles 
from Numidia, statues from Athens, whatever 
in shore was precious or rare, or curious in 
the most distant countries, was brought to 
Rome and enjoyed by these men and women 
of wealth and power. But while Rome was 
covered with magnificence and splendor, un- 
derneath it all was corruption, vice and sni. 
Rome had materialism with a vengeance, but 
she lacked the spiritual, which makes nations 
great, and her doom came and her day was 
at hand. The Barbarian hordes from the 
North swept down upon her as eagles upon a 
dead' carcass, and Rome, the pride of the an- 
cient world, lay helpless before them. Not a single thing 
said about ancient Rome in all history, regarding her wealth 
that could not be duplicated again and again by the people 
of America today. 

Not long since, a young lady whose father owns a 
chain of stores was robbed of a million dollar's worth of 
jewels that she had on her person. While at the same time, 
the girls that work in these stores in our cities get ten and 
eleven dollars a week for their work. That is materialism 
again with a vengeance as we may see it in our day. 

Some time ago a man was found by the police in New 
York City nearly starved and almost frozen to death. At 
the police station where he was fed and clothed they found 
five thousand three hundred and fifteen dollars of gold on 
his person. This man however, is not the only man that has 
valued liis gold too highly. 

A traveler who was lost in the desert and almost starved 
had hoped for days that he might find something to eat that 
other travelers had lost. One day his hopes Avcre gratified 
when he found a leather bag which he supposed contained 
figs and dates. But when he opened the bag, to his great 
disappointment, it contained nothing but precious stones and 
rich jewels, but they were worth absolutely nothing to a 
stai'ving man in the desert. 

A million dolars are of no value to a dying man, and' too 
often only a curse to a living man. "A good name is rather 
to be chosen than great riches and loving favor rather than 
silver and gold." "Words fitly spoken are like apples of 
gold in pictures of silver." A good conscience, a pure life, 
and the hope of heaven are the only things that count at last. 



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What about this great and rich nation in which we live? 
We have twenty-seven million boys who do not even go to 
Sunday school. Sixty million people who are not Christians, 
with a great crime wave sweeping over our fair land. Which 



do you think we need the more: gold or righteousness? The 
material or the spiritual? The things that are seen or the 
things that are not seen? 
Muneie, Indiana. 



Some Brethren Leaders of Yesterday as I Knew Them 

I. Elder H. S. Jacobs 

By Martin Shively, D.D. 



Of the group of twenty-six preachers, who constituted 
the leadership in the Dayton Convention, held in September, 
1883, only three are now living. In reality there are four 
who survive, but only three remain with the Brethren 
church, and it is with this part of the group that these papers 
are to be concerned. The three of whom I shall write as I 
have time and opportunity, are Brethren Jacobs, Kiehl and 
J. H. Worst. The forty-two years which have elapsed since 
that historic gathering, has all but wiped out the men who 
prayed and wrought that an organization might be affected, 
which should stand squarely on the Word and whose gov- 
ernment should be "of the people, by the people, and for 
the people." Most of those who are gone, labored and sac- 
rificed heroically for the principles which 
led to the calling of that meeting, until "the 
Lord in whose name they assembled, called 
them from labor to that "rest that remain- 
eth for the people of God." Two of the 
three who survive, are men of advanced 
age, bearing the marks of the years which 
have passed, waiting faithfully to rejoin 
the group which assembles on the other 
side. I shall notice these first, as I know 
them, and the fir.st of these is he whose 
name appears at the head of this paper. 

Brother Henry S. Jacobs was born in 
York County, Pennsylvania, October, 1844, 
and is thus in the 82nd year of his age. He 
became a Christian at the age of 16, imit- 
ing with the Tunker church, by which he 
was called to the office of deacon eight 
years later. And still later, he was called 
to the ministry. Just after the dark days 
of division came, he had moved to Medina 
County, Ohio, and, casting his lot with the 
Brethren cause, he organized the Homer 
church in. the fall of 1883, becoming its pas- 
tor, and maintaining that relation with the 
congregation for a period of 32 yeare. Not 
only did he preach, biit he supported him- 
self and his family, by cultivating his farm. He also had a 
prayer meeting in his country church, which was of the ever 
green variety, and he missed less than a dozen of the meet- 
ings in the whole term of his service. Perhaps twenty years 
ago, his eyes began to fail, and finally he became entirely 
blind, but even with this handicap, he continued to serve his 
chui-ch, both in the pulpit and prayer meeting, remaining as 
pastor for seven years after this darkness settled xipon him, 
until his good wife passed to her reward, when it was no 
longer possible to continue the work. For the last eighteen 
years he has lived in a world of darkness, and that without 
complaint, though I am sure his physical word is the more 
dark, because he can not longer be active in the cause in 
which he spent so many of his earlier years. He lives now, 
as he has done for the past eleven years, with his only child'. 
Dr. Jacobs, president of Ashland College, in whose home he 
receives every care that love and profound respect can sug- 
gest, waiting for his call into the home where blindness shall 
not afflict. 

I think I met Brother Jacobs first during my work in 
the college, almost forty years ago, for he did some of the 
preaching here then, living as he did in an adjoining con- 
gregation. Of course I met him often afterward, for he was 
a faithful participont in the conferences of the church, serv- 




Elder H. S. Jacobs 



ing at least once as state moderator, at West Alexandria. He 
was never self-assertive, nor much in the public eye in these 
conferences, but when he had a word to say, it was the right 
word, and its saying caused no sting, because there was 
never any rancor in his heart. Perhaps the most affecting 
scene with which my memory associates him, was one which 
occurred sixteen years ago. The Ohio district conference 
was being held here at Ashland, in the College chapel. Dur- 
ing the sessions. Brother Jacobs came in, being led by his 
wife. As they came down the aisle, the congregation arose 
and remained standing until he had been seated, thus giving 
expression to the deep respect in which he was held, for this 
was during the days when, though blind, he continued to 
serve as the pastor of the Homer church. 
He was asked to address the conference 
upon any subject his heart might dictate, 
and both the man and his message, pro- 
foundly gripped the hearts of those who 
saw and heard. 

I most devoutly hope that none who read 
this paper, will ever suffer so great an af- 
fliction as that which has fallen upon this 
man of God, but if such affliction must 
come, I pray that it may be borne with as 
beautiful a spirit of resignation, as that 
which finds expression in him. I am sure 
that in it and' underneath it, lies unques- 
tioning faith in the positive declaration, 
"All things work together for good, to 
them that love the Lord." It must also be 
a source of deep satisfaction to him, to 
Icnow, that if further service in and for the 
church is denied to him, he is still serving, 
in the person of his brilliant son, toward 
whose training and preparation, he made 
willing contribution. In him and his de- 
scendants, he shall long continue to bless 
mankind, and advance the Ejngdom in 
which he gave so many years of faithful 
service. 



Ashland, Ohio. 



Growing Old 

They call it "going down the hill" when we are growing old. 
And speak with mournful accents when our tale is nearly 

told ; 
They sigh when talking of the past, the days that used to be. 
As if the future were not bright with immortality. 

But it is not going down ; 'tis climbing high and higher. 
Until we almost see the mountain that our souls desire ; 
For if the natural eye grows dim it is but dim to earth. 
While the eye of faith grows keener to discern the Savior's 
worth. 

W^ho would exchange for shooting blade the waving golden 

grain ; 
Or when the corn is fully ripe wish it were green again? 
And who would wish the hoary head found in the way of 

truth 
To be encircled with the bright and sunny locks of youth? 

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Walks and Talks in Holy Places 

(Article No. 3) 

Sacred Spots in the Holy Land 

By Herbert H. Tay 



If the hills and dales of Palestine could speak, what 
tales they could tell ! What deeds of valor ! What heroism ! 
What love ! What hate ! What religious devotion ! Yes — what 
sacrifice ! All the familiar associations of sacred song and 
story cluster around this little land. From Hermon's snow- 
crowned peak, to Gaza's desert sands — eveiy foot of the 
Holy Land is vocal with incidents in the life of our Lord, 
and in the history of God's chosen people. It is the land 
of enchantment — the Holy Land — the Land of the Book. 

To adequately describe the sacred spots in the Holy 
Land would require an entire volume. One can only give 
an introduction in a limited article such as this. We shall 
begin in the South Country and proceed to the north, choos- 
ing .spots at random. Many must necessarily be omitted, but 
it is hoped that they may be covered in subsequent articles. 

Picture in your mind a gently rolling prairie country, 
covered mth fields of growing grain. This quiet pastoral 
scene stretches aM'ay as far as the eye can reach. Far to the 
east, but slightlj^ visible through the purple haze, one can 
faintly discern the mountains of Moab. Overhead is an 
azure-blue sky, seldom flecked by a cloud. Underfoot one 
tramples poppies and scarlet anemones, which dot the green 
fields and give vivid color to the otherwise monotonous land- 
scape. If we stand upon an eminence, we may see, here 
and there upon the plains, the black tents of the Bedouin, 
who are tending their flocks and herds. This is the country 
in which Isaac lived, and the occupation in which he en- 
gaged. Many and many a time he looked upon just such a 
scene as we are looking upon now. 

Again — picture in your mind a huddle of houses, most- 
ly of uupainted lumber, and in a dilapidated condition. They 
center around one main street, which is quite wide, and runs 
straight through the town. The shops which face upon this 
street, have wooden awnings, which cover the sidewalk to 
protect the citizens, as well as the shopkeepers who iisually 
sit in front of their places of business, from the burning 
days of the tropical sun. There is very little activity upon 
the street during the day. One occasionally sees a sleepy 
buiTO wander slowly down the street, or a dejected looking 
dog, with drooping head and tail, cross the street to seek a 
cooler spot in the shadow of a house. This is the village of 
Beei-shelja, the symbol for the southern boundary of Pales- 
tine throughout Old Testament times. Those wlio live in 
western Kansas and Nebraska need only to look out of the 
window to see an exact duplication of the Beershepa coun- 
try, and those who live in the western states of Arizona, 
New Mexico, or Nevada, laced only to visit some of the towns 
which were built in the days of the mining boom, to see just 
such a village as Beersheba. 

Proceeding to the north, we come, in about fifty miles, 
to an entirely different country. Here the rolling, treeless 
plains have disappeared, and instead we see wave after wave 
of rugged, rockj' hills. These hills are covered with silvery 
olive trees, and grape vineyards. It is the "hill countn' of 
Judea." 

There is one level place to be seen, which lies just east 
of the village of Bethlehem. It is called the Field of Boaz, 
and it is most likely the place where the scenes of a great 
part of the Book of Ruth were laid, for it is the only place 
in the vicinity of Bethlehem where grain can be grown. In 
the center of the Field of Boaz. is an enclosure of two or 
three acres, called The Shepherd's Field. We are told that 
it was here that the shepherds were watching over their 
flocks that memorable night when the angelic host an- 
nounced the birth of the Sa^'^or. 

The village of Bethlehem is situated upon the hills. It 
is a clean, up-to-date little town, with stone houses and clean, 



wide streets. The principal point of interest to the visitor 
is the Church of the Nativity. This stands over the site of 
the birthplace of Jesus Christ. It may be surprising to some, 
to learn that the place of the nativity is no more than a 
cave in the earth. We usually think of the stable in which 
Jesus was born, as a neat, clean structure, with a manger 
filled with clean sweet-scented hay. But such is not the case. 
The stable in which he was born was a typical Palestine 
stable, such as those that are i;sed to this day, and was noth- 
ing more nor less than a dirty cave in the ground. When 
one thinks of it in this light, he can more readily realize 
the humiliation of the incarnation. To think that the Lord 
of glory should come out of the ivory palaces, where all his 
garments smelled of myrrh and aloes and cassia, and conde- 
scend to become flesh amidst such repulsive surroundings, is 
beyond human comprehension. But God has told us that It 
was because — 

God so loved the world, that he gave his only be- 
gotten Son, that whosoever beUeveth in him sbould 
not perish, but have everlasting life. 

Leaving the place of the Savior's birth, we travel ninety 
miles to the north, and come to the place of his boyhood, 
Nazareth. It too, is a clean and respectable little village 
situated in a cup in the hills of Galilee. There is no point 
of special interest around Nazareth, save that the whole dis- 
trict is sacred to every child of God, because we knoAv that 
the feet of the boy Jesus must have trod those hills many a 
time as he romped and played in the vicinity of his native 
village. 

Sixteen miles to the north-east of Nazareth lies the Sea 
of Galilee, like a blue gem in its setting of brown and gray 
hills. The one spot which interests us more than any other 
— thoi;gh the whole region roixnd about was made sacred 
by his presence — is Capernaum. The nuns of this one time 
flourishing city are situated upon a promontory near the 
northern end of the Sea, and upon the west shore. Piles of 
bleaching stones, which cover many an acre mark the site of 
the houses of the village. But one thing in particular which 
attracts attention, is the ruins of the synagogue. The stones 
are scattered about the ground, and it seems that if they all 
could be gathered together, there would be sufficient to re- 
construct the synagogue. Many of the stones are most elab- 
orately cai'ved, and the building, in its better days, must 
have been beautiful. We are told by John, the beloved dis- 
ciple, that it was in the synagogue at Capernaum that Christ 
delivered that wonderful discourse upon the bread of life. 
It might well have been within the walls of this structure, 
the stones of which are now lying scattered promiscuously 
about the ground. 

Time and space forbid our enlarging upon this theme 
at any greater length. Woiild that we could speak of Joppa 
and Samaria, of Carmel, Tabor and Hermon. Bible charac- 
ters live anew as we stand upon these sacred spots and read 
the accounts of their deeds in the Word of God. Because of 
its association of God's chosen Son vnth it. it is, and always 
will remain, the Holy Land of three great religions — the 
Holy Land of over one-third of the people of the earth. 

La Verne, California. 



Jesus' methods in winning followers were based upon 
a principle that we need to emphasize again and again — 
men had a need in their hearts for what he could' give them ; 
they could have that need filled from no other source; 
hence it was his obligation and privilege, as it is ours to- 
day, to induce them to become his disciples. 



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Whose I Am and Whom I Serve 

A Short Sermon on Real Religion 



The word "religion" means "bound." Every man's re- 
ligion means everything or nothing according as he is by 
it bound to God. St. Paul said he was "the bond slave of 
Jesus Christ." Are you bound? That is, have you real re- 
ligion? There are some heart-searching inferences flowing 
from this admission, and if you are unwilling to follow them 
it's no good making the admission. As, for instance: 

IP 
a man profess to belong to Christ in the sense of being 
Christ's slave, he confesses that Christ is Lord of all he is 
and of all he has. 

EVEN IP 
St. Paul's phrase be deemed an exaggeration, the inescap- 
able inference remains that no man can call Jesus, LORD, 
in any serious sense unless he extends that Lordship to him- 
self personally and to all that he has. 

AND IP 
Christ is LORD of us and ours, we hold ourselves and our 
possessions as a tenancy, not in fee. Somewhat of the pro- 
duct has to be paid back, else HE "will miserably destroy 
those miserable men and will let out the vineyard unto other 
husbandmen. ' ' 

IP 
we would pay back some rent to Christ, it must be not only 
gratitude it must be some material expression of gratitude. 
Otherwise our profession is only a feeling. And if our re- 
ligion is only a feeling, tlien Christ's Lordship is only a 
feeling. And his Salvation is only a feeling. 

BUT IP 
we give anything material to Christ we must give it to some 
human representative of Christ. We can't give him any- 



thing directly. "Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these, 
ye did it unto me." 

SO IP 
you belong to the Methodist Protestant church, you are one 
of an organization of men trying to do Christ's work in the 
world. This church can't do this work without money, and 
it can't get money except from those who belong to it. If 
you are not supplying this money what church are you pay- 
ing to? 

IP 
the Jews paid one-tenth of their income to God, and if God 
gave specific and bountiful returns to those who observed 
this practice, what reason is there for thinking he will be 
less pleased with those who observe it now? 

BUT IP 

you are a steward of Christ, what right have you to with- 
hold his due until you have a surplus you think you can 
spare ? Ought you not to give as often as you pray, and to 
give publicly as often as you worship publicly? 

IP 

you are not prosperous, and fear to divide with God lest you 
may come to want, can you be sure that you save what you 
keep back from God? Do you believe that any man ever 
became poorer in doing business with God as a partner? 

PROVE ME NOW HEREWITH, SAITH JEHOVAH 
rtF HOSTS, IP I WILL NOT OPEN YOU THE WINDOWS 
OP HEAVEN, AND POUR YOU OUT A BLESSING, THAT 
THERE SHALL NOT BE ROOM ENOUGH TO RECEIVE 
IT.— A Tract, Published by the Methodist Pl-otestant 
Church. 



THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



Prayer— An Apostolic Doctrine 

By E. A. Duker 

TEXT — Matt. 6:9. After this manner therefore, pray ye.— Matthew 6:9. 



It is our fear, that, too often, in our enumeration of 
Christian doctrines as taught and exercised by the early 
apostles, we fail to recognize one that was taught with out- 
standing emphasis not only by the apostles, but also by our 
Lord, himself. In this discourse, I am not advocating that 
we give less place in our lives to such important doctrines as 
Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Peet-Washing, The Lord's Sup- 
per, the Eucharist, and the like, but that we would give the 
more place to the apostolic teaching of PRAYER. So very 
often, we have noted that Brethren people when asked for 
a statement as to our Faith, enumerate those points that 
make us what we call peculiar, and fail to call attention to 
those on which our blessed Lord laid strict emphasis, botli 
in WORD and in ACT. My plea is not that we eliminate, 
but that we stress that which our Lord stressed. May it 
not be true that owing to our lack of use of this outstanding 
Christian privilege, we fail to list the same. If asked to men- 
tion those modern products which make us peculiar to this 
age, I am sure that the much USED and ENJOYED auto- 
mobile would not be overlooked in our listing. And why? 
The answer rebounds with swiftness, "It is used daily." 
That there is a very definite lack of DAILY PRAYER is evi- 
dent by our aptness to neglect to list the same as a definite 
Brethren plea. May we then call to our attention some 
facts regarding prayer. 

1. THE DIGNITY OP PRAYER. 

"And when thou prayest, pray to that Father." What 
a supreme and dignified privilege is ours, that we may have 
direct approach to the Father ! How lightly we value some of 



the very greatest of privileges accorded believers! In the 
things of the world, we find this approach to the potentates 
a much guarded one, and only the especially privileged may 
come into his presence, and then only with much ceremony. 
And then to know that the approach to him, the Father, even 
our God, may be ours by direct routing! "Pray to thy 
Father." When we would talk with him in whom we have 
the solution of all of life's problems, we are told by him 
who revealed the Father, to "Pray to thy Father." Breth- 
ren, we shall never know the fullness of the dignity of this 
privilege accorded us, until we have come into his presence, 
redeenied through the precious blood of our Lord and Sav- 
ior, Jesus Christ. Unfathomable, that we, the creatures be 
permitted to commune with the Creator, and even this ia our 
Christian Blessing. 

Let us suppose that our National Executive held within 
his knowledge that which we knew to be the solution of our' 
problem and the fullness of our needs, and we were per- 
mitted to approach him and to receive such for our asking. 
Do you suppose we would decline the approach and the re- 
questing ? Whatever may be our attitude in this divine prin- 
ciple, we note that Jesus, our Savior, believed in communing 
with his Father, and he prayed and urged his believers to 
pray. It is quite evident that when one advocates and prac- 
tices a certain principle, he believes in it. He, who would 
say in word or in lack of act that prayer is not a reality, 
denies the authority of the Christ. We fear, sometimes, that 
there are those who are extremely ardent in their proclam- 
ation of the definite place of doctrines mentioned but once 



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by our Lord, (and that docs not indicate they were not im- 
portant), and who fail to take cognizance of his telling and 
retelling us to pray and that daily. "Give us THIS DAY our 
daily bread." 

Too, let us note the special emphasis the Apo.stle Paul 
places on the Life of Prayer. Not only does he request the 
membership of his vai-ious established churches to pray, but 
see the ardor with which he pours out his soul to his Father 
in behalf of the churches at Ephesus, Thessalonica, and Phil- 
ippi. and this ardor is not to be compared to that of our 
Lord's in his closing days as he breathes forth that memor- 
able prayer as recorded in John 17. And may we again 
note the direct approach ; not througli the priest nor the 
pope, but dii-cctly he spoke, "Father, the hour is come." 
IL IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER NEEDS TO BE EMPHA- 
SIZED. 

Just as our Lord took his departure from his disciples, 
he requested that they tarry in Jerusalem imtil they were 
endued with power. Have we waited and requested power? 
This power must be wanted, requested. In a very explicit 
way Jesus said. "Ask, and ye shall receive." And Brethren, 
I tell you in all seriousness that what the church is needing 
today is not more organization nor leaders, but POWER, 
POWER. Not mechanical, physical power, but spiritual 
powei-. power which comes from God to man. Yes with the 
anihoi'ity of the Word, there is but one source, and that is 
with the Father and must come to man througjj prayer 
AVhilc from an e\'angelistic viewpoint, we lay emphasis on 
Matthew 28 :19, permit me to declare that no PRAYERLESS 
going will ever evangelize the world, and neither will PRAY- 
ERLESS giving do it. But the Great Forces of Heaven 
are ours for the asking and WHAT WE DO NEED IN THE 
BRETHREN CfHTRCH IS A REVIVAL OF PRAYING. 

III. SOME REACTIONS OF PRAYER IN OUR 
LIVES. 

1. He who Prays Will Discover the Character of God. 

Man has ever been reaching out into the unknown, seek- 
ing to add unto his present knowledge and understanding 
by means of discoveries. There is a knowledge that passeth 
ail understanding and that is to know God, even our Father. 
Other than the knowledge of the Father as revealed in the 
Son, Prayer stands alone as the paramount medium whereby 
we may know God. He who prays will be making constant 
discoveries regarding the One to whom he prays, that is, the 
Father will reveal himself to him who prays. 

The person who does not pray, but seeks for the char- 
acter of God in the results of his works, is the one who en- 
deavors to characterize him as "Love", "Power", "Na- 
ture", or "Science." He who prays will learn that thest 
their total in the God discovered through prayer, 
are but separate and individual characteristics which find 

2. He Who Prays Will Discover God's Will for Life. 
There are many, indeed, in this land of the living who 

are desirous of knowing the course to be pursued in their 
lives. It is oiir humble opinion that God surely brought 
man into this world for a purpose, and there is no record 
wherein God is shown to have worked against his own pur- 
pose. Should he refuse to reveal his will concerning oiir 
lives, he would be working against the consummation of 
his purpose in man. 

We find that the Word is a constant i-eeord of those who 
went to the Father in prayer that they might learn the M'ill 
of the Father concerning their activities. It was after much 
prayer that the successor of Judas was named. Paul prayed 
three days before going to the Gentiles. If you truly desire 
to know God's will concerning your life, PRAY. 

3. He Who Prays Discovers a New Reality in Prayer. 
If we continue to pray, we will soon discover that the 

God to whom we are wont to pray is not a giant monstrosity 
into whose ears may be poured a conglomei-ation of mean- 
ingless statements, meaningless as far as the desire or ser- 
ioi;sness of the speaker is concerned. We shall learn what 
the TEACHER meant in the recording of Matthew 6 :7. 
"When ye pray use not vain repetitions." Figuratively 



speaking, we are inclined to think that many times when i 
I'ather has received a call from a child and has placed i 
receiver to his ear, he hears meaningless prattle of sta 
ments and requests which the child has heard others use a 
thinks they are appropriate to use when he calls the Fath 
not that he is desirous of them, but deems them appropria 
Not unlike is our own child, who heai-ing her mother c 
tlie grocer and order the usual daily ration, playfully tal 
her small telephone and she, too, calls the grocer and orde 
not that she is wanting to obtain but speaks thus because s 
deems it appropriate, for thus she has heard her mother t 
ephone. 

When we pray, let us remember that the God whom 
worship and to whom we pray is an intelligent Being, c 
capable of understanding. Let us no longer heap insult 
insult by our meaningless prattle in prayer. When once ' 
pray to God as we would talk intelligently to our fello 
men, we will find him responding to our requests in propi 
tions we have never expected and then we will learn tl 
he who PRAYS will discover a new reality in prayer. 

4. He Who Prays Will Experience the Widening of 1 
Influence. 

How eager we are that the power of our lives will : 
fluence those whose lives we shadow. This is especially 
in material and social ways. How we rise with august c< 
riage. when as the result of our suggestion or advice, we s 
the advised meet with pronounced success. Humanity cra'v 



I 



®ur Morsbtp program 

A Devotional Reading of Matthew's Gospel 

(Clip and put in your Bible for convenience.) 

MO'NDAY 

COMMISISIONING THE TWELVE— Matt. 10:5-15. 

As the incarnate Christ sent out the twelve to the lost 
sheeiJ of the house of Israel, so the risen Lord summons 
every disciple to bear his message to lost and dj'ing men, 
and the ground of his plea and the policy of his com- 
mission is that as they have freely received, they are to 
2;ive freely. 

TUESDAY 

A HAZARDOUS U^^DEETAIaNG— Matt. 10:16-23. 

The Lord would not have them misunderstand the 
uature of their task; it is no holiday venture or pleasure 
trip, but a difficult, hazardous undertaking, calling for 
courage and sacrifice. 

WEDNESDAY 

OUR EXAMPLE IN SACRIFICE AND SUFFERING— 
Matt. 10:24-33. 

Our Lord never spoke words that so completely strip 
his suffering and sacrificing messengers of any right of 
complaint as that the servant is not above his Lord ivho 
himself made the supreme sacrifice. 
THTTRSDAY 

ALL FOR CHRIST— Matt. 10:34-11:1. 

Jesus wants his disciples, now as then, to face the ab- 
soluteness of his claims clearly and frankly; his truth is 
disturbing to many if our relations and family ties, but 
nothing can be allowed to interfere with the priority of 
his claims or the completion of our surrender. 
FRIDAY 

JOHN SEEKS REASlSURANCE FROM JESUS— Matt. 
11:2-6. 

■'Who comes to God an inch thorugh doublings dim, 
In blazing light God will advance a mile to him." — Robia. 
SATURDAY 

JOHN THE 8TALWART PROPHET— Matt. 11:7-15. 

In this tribute to John which will be his memorial as 
long as time shall last, outranking the noblest monu- 
ments of earth, our Lord emphasizes the importance of 
courage, strength and readiness to endure hardness for 
Christ's sake. Worthwhile things are not of easy attain- 
ment. 

SUNDAY 

FAULT-FINDING UNBELIEF— Matt. 11:16-24. 

.Tesus was oppressed with the fault-finding, unreasoning 
childish attitude of the people of his generation, and then 
he thinks of the unresponsive, unbelieving, hardening at- 
titude towards the truth to which all this leads, as illus- 
trated by certain cities in which he had performed many 
mighty works, and by way of warning he says, "Woe, 
woe", with tenderest compassion and pleading. — G. S'. B. 



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the power of influence. If we would have influence and 
power with men, if we would have spiritual access to men, 
the secret is prayer. It is told us that it was after much 
prayer that Paul and Barnahah w6nt forth, and we well 
know the power and influence of their lives on those they 
met. 

5. He Who Prays May Approach Crisis Times with As- 
surance of Victoiy. 

Often has man approached with fear and trembling the 
varied crises of life, owing to the fact that these have not 
been preceded by prayer. I do not feel presumptuous in 
suggesting that our Lord's Gethsemane made possible his 
bold facing of Pilate. Who could account for the successfifl 
career of Paul, other than for the large part that prayer 
played in Paul's life, was equally true in the lives of the 
early disciples. They were not unusual characters nor su- 
perhuman, but they did know the value of prayer in times 
of crises. They knew, in fact at least, that familiar hymn, 
"What a. Friend we have in Jesus!" "Oh, what peace we 
often forfeit ! Oh, what needless pain we bear ! All because 
we do not carry everything to God in Prayer." 

And this we might continue almost indefinitely, for the 
field of results of prayer is unlimited. Why, should we la- 
ment for workers, when we fail to "Pray the Lord of the 
harvest to thrust forth workers"? Why are workers scarce? 
For no other reason than that we HAVE FAILED TO PRAY 
TODAY. 

In conclusion. Brethren, let us give a living recognition 
to the Apostolic Teaching of Prayer. There is but one of 
two things to do, either enter into the fullness of the prayer- 
life or else quit waving the banner of a "Whole Gospel". 
For the salvation of lost souls, and' for the Love of our Sav- 
ior, let us rather adopt the former and PRAY. 

Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

OUR DEVOTIONAL 



The Cities of Refuge 

By Robert Crees 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

The Lord also spake unto Joshua, saying. Speak unto 
the Children of Israel, saying. Appoint out for you cities 
of refuge. Whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses : 
that the slayer that killeth any person unawares and un- 
wittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge 
from the avenger of blood. And when we that doth flee unto 
one of those cities shall stand at the entering of the gate of 
the city, they shall take him into the city luito them, and 
give him a place, that he may dwell among them. And if 
the avenger of blood pursue after him, then they shall not 
deliver the slayer up into his hands; because he smote his 
neighbor unwittingly and hated him not before that time. 
And he shall dwell in that city until he stand before the con- 
gregation for judgment, and until the death of the high 
priest that shall be in those days: then shall the slayer re- 
turn and come into his own city, and into his own house, 
unto the city from which he fled. And they appointed 
Hadesh in Galilee in Mount Naphtali, and Sheehem, in 
Mount Ephraim, and Kirjath-Arba, which is Hermon in 
the mountain of Judah. And on the other side of Jordan 
by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness 
upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in 
Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan ; out of 
the tribe of Manasseh. These were the cities appointed for 
all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourn- 
eth among, that whosoever killeth any person unawares 
might flee unto them, and not die by the hand of the aven- 
ger of blood, iintil he stood before the congregation (Joshua 
20:1-9.) 

Two important parallel references are Num. 35 :l-34 
and Deut. 19 :1-13. 



OUR MEDITATION 

In searching the Bible one may find many beautiful 
types of Chri.st and of his work. It is these types that seiwe 
to illustrate and beautify the narrative. Out of many Old 
Testament stories that serve as types, the account of the 
Cities of Refuge is perhaps the most unique. Let us look at 
the Cities of Refuge as compared to Christ. 

The cities stood on high eminences, so all could see them. 

Christ is to be lifted up, ' ' so that all men may be drawn 
unto him". 

The roads to the cities were to be very wide. 

The way to Christ is wide enough for all the world to 
walk in. 

The roads to the cities were to be kept clean and posts 
were erected which guided the "fugitive to them. 

The road to Christ and eternal life is clearly ajid plainly 
stated in the Bible which is our guide to Christ. 

The cities of refuge were so situated that they might 
be reached from every part of the land in a few hours. 

Jesus is always near and one may enter into him at any 
time. 

The gates of the cities stood open night and day. 

Christ is ever accessible. The gates of mercy are never 
closed against the sinner. 

The cities were a sure efuge to all who entered. 

All who believe in Christ are most surely saved. 

The cities of refuge sheltered the innocent offender from 
judgment. 

Christ shelters the sinner from judgment. 

If anyone was outside the cities of refuge, no matter 
how near, they perished. The fugitive must be inside the 
city to be saved. 

If one is outside of Christ, no matter how good he is, 
he is lost. We, as gxulty sinners, must be within Christ to 
be saved. 

The refugees were to abide in the cities until the death 
of the High Priest. 

The believer must abide in Christ until his own death. 

OUR PRAYER 

Our kind' Father in Heaven, our hearts are filled with 
gi'atitude for the wonderful way in which thou dost reveal 
thyself in thy W^ord. We thank thee that the way of salva- 
tion is made plain. We thank hee that thou art ever acces- 
sible. We thank thee that all who believe are truly saved. 
Help us, Father, to be faithful unto death, that we may re- 
ceive a crown of life. AVe ask it in the name of Jesus. Amen. 

Ashland, Ohio. 



Growing Old 

(Continued from page 5) 

For though, in truth, the outward man must perish and de- 
cay. 

The inward man shall be renewed by grace from day to day ; 

Those who are planted by the Lord, unshaken in their root. 

Shall in their old age flourish and bring forth their choicest 
fruit. 

It is not years that make men old ; the S2>irit may be young. 
Though fully three-score years and ten the wheels of life 

ha^'e run. 
God has himself recorded in his blessed word of truth. 
That they who wait upon the Lord shall e'en renew their 

youth. 

And when the eye now dim shall open to behold the King, 
And ears now dtiU with age shall hear the harps of heaven 

ring; 
And on the head now hoary shall be placed the crown of 

gold. 
Then shall be known the lasting joy of never growing old. 

— ^Author Unknown. 



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WHITE GITT 
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THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



MAETIN SHIVELY 

Treasurer 

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Editor's Select Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

{Lesson for February 7) 
Jesus Heals and Saves a Blind Man 



\ 



Scripture Lesson — John 9:1-41. 
■ Printed Texl^Jobn 9:1-9, 24, 25, 35-38. 
Devotional Heading — Isaiah 42:1-7. 
Golden Text — I am the light of the world: 
he that followeth me shall not walk in dark- 
ness, but shall have the light of life. John 
8:12. 

LESSON LIGHTS 
The importance of the miracle wo are to 
study is seen in the fact that John gives a 
whole chapter to it. The event was important 
because it showed Christ's power so marvel- 
ously, because the hostility it aroused must 
have contributed largely to bring about his 
cruciftxion, and because of the noble spiritual 
truths which it teaches. It is "one of the 
mots remarkable and dramatic passages in the 
history of our Lord. 

He Saw 
He did not need the disciples to point out to 
him the writched man. Only one of the eight 
miracles which John records was performed in 
response to a petition. Jesus was ever looking 
tor some one to help. 

' ' For his hands were always helping, 

And his eyes were always kind, 
And he never was too busy 
To heal the sick and blind. ' ' 
— Song Stories for the Sunday School. 
Jesus wrought several miracles for the blind 
l.'Osides the one in the lesson, on seven men 
in all. Two blind men at Capernaum (Matt. 
!i:-27-31); two blind men at Jericho (Matt 
20:29-34); Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43); 
one blind man at Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26); 
one at Capernaum (Matt. 12:22,23). 

"Who Sinned?" 
The question, implies that this man was suf- 
fering because of some sin that his parents 
had committed or that he himself had commit- 
ted in some pre-f.xi stent state. The pro-ex- 
istence of the soul, usually! in some other form, 
was an ancient Greek idea, become quite prev- 
alent, and is today the belief of the Hindu 
mystic. Sin does cause suffering, more than 
many realize, and a great many people am 
punished for their sins by the suffering they 
are caused to enduie. And such punishment 
is not an arbitrary visitation, but the result 
of God's law of cause and effect. But this 
by no means is a universal explanation of the 
problem of suffering. Jesus said, "But that 
the works of God should be made manifest." 
This, if we grasp tbe underlying truth of it, 
is the explanation of the presence of all evil, 
imperfection and suffering in the world, in so 
far as man's will is not responsible. God is 
still at work in his world, completing, per- 
fecting his good purpose. And the imperfec- 
tions that appear are opportunities for man to 
observe the working power of God in ways 
that are marvelous to our eyes. However .Je- 
sus declares that the origin of evil is less im- 
portant than its removal. And the presence 
of evil in any form is a constnt challenge to 



the church to use its divinely given power to 
eradicate it. 

A Type 

This man was a type of the spiritually blind 
— blind to God, blind to his own be.st good, to 
the highest ideals, to the greatest spiritual 
realities, to true holiness, to the possibilities 
in his soul, to the joys and glories of a relig- 
ious life, to the highest motives, to eternal 
life. This blindness leads to spiritual poverty, 
to helplessness and hopelessness. Great as is 
the misfortune of physical blindness, that of 
spiritual blindness is vastly greater. 

The spiritually blind are like a savage in a 
library, a deaf man at a concert, a blind man 
in a picture gallery or amid^the scenery of par- 
adise. 

' 'And They Cast Him Out" 

Out of the synagogue, excommunicated him. 



"The Jews had three kinds of anathema: 
(1) Excommunication for thirty days, during 
which the excommunicated might not come 
within four cubits of any one. (2) Absolute 
exclusion from all interoourso and worship for 
an indefinite period. (3) Absolute exclusion 
forever; an irrevocable sentence. This third 
form was very rarely if ever used. It is 
doubtful whether the second was in use at 
this time for Jews; but it would be the ban 
under which all Samaritans were placed. This 
passage probably refers to the first and mild- 
est king of anathema." 

The Night Cometh 

' ' We must put the wheat into the mill while 
the water is in the race, for when the water is 
gone we cannot grind. We must teach the 
child while it is young. We must visit our 
sick friend while he is sick. We must show 
sympathy to those who are in trouble while 
the trouble is upon them." — J. B. Miller. 
The Blind Pharisees 

Then Christ, moved by the sight of that 
(Continued on page 15) 



Sunday School News 



"Larger" and "prompter" are the fi.tting 
words with which to characterize the recent 
White Gift offerings. In many instances 
there has been a substntial increase over last 
year's gift. And most of the schools have re- 
mitted much more promptly. Some have not 
been heard from] as yet. It is earnestly hoped 
that they wiU remit without prolonged delay 
to Dr. Martin Shively, Treasurer of The Na- 
tional Sunday School Association, Ashland, 
Ohio. Brother Shively has already sent one 
thousand dollars ($1,000) to Brother Wm. A. 
Gearhart for the Kentucky work. 
Service Contiuued 

The generous response in the White Gift of- 
fering, we are happy to believe, is an expres- 
sion of the appreciation the fellow workers 
have of the service rendered by the National 
Association. Appreciative reports have been 
received of the very acceptable and decidedly 
helpful work which is being done by our Field 
Secretary. He reports a cordial reception and 
hearty cooperation. After touring Mid West 
and Illiokota and a part of Indiana Brother 
Stuckey reurned for a brief rest with his par- 
ents over Christmas. He then left for Spokane, 
Washington, and is now in sunny California. 
He continues to send in book orders. Further 
requests are being received for the new Work- 
ers ' Handbook. This useful directory may be 
obtained from the writer without cost. 
The Educator 

To avoid duplicating publications and lo 
help to keep the BRETHKEN EDUCATOR in 
circulation the National As.^ociation supplies 
and edits the general matter of the magazine 
and contributes to the cost of the publication. 
The latter aid places the magazine at the use 
of our workers at a much lower tigure. Schoois 
whose officers and teachers arc not receiving 
this monthly publication are missing valuable 
promotional material. The January number 
number featured Adult and Administrative 



work. The February issue is devoted to Young 
People 's work. Among others thare is an ar- 
ticle on "An Adequate Program for Boys," 
by W. O. Nish; "The Sunday School As Seen 
By" a high school sophomore, a college soph- 
omore, a college senior, a working boy, a work- 
ing girl. These young people speak out cour- 
ageously. Besides there is a stimulating arti- 
cle on "Vacation Bible Schools," by DyoU 
Belote. A post card request will bring you a 
sample copy. 

Birmingham, Alabama 
This growing southern city will be the meet- 
ing place of thousands of Sunday school work- 
ers next spring. On April 12-19 the Triennial 
International Sunday School Convention will 
be held at Birmingham. Officers of the Inter- 
national Council have allotted the Brethren 
Church ton credentials for the use of Brethren 
delegates. Your officers gladly accepted the 
quota with the hope of having it completely 
filled. Any Brethren worker may secure a cro- 
t'ential from the undersigned by remitting the 
registration fee of $3.50. Arrangements have 
been made for railroad rates of one and one- 
third fai'e. Lodging and breakfast will be 
provided in homes at a nominal rate. Camps 
are being provided for tourists. Here is an 
opportunity that will not come again for at 
least three years. Individuals are planning to 
go of their own accord. Are there not churches 
and church schools that would like to send a 
faithful pastor, superintendent or teacher as a 
reward for service rendered? Besides making 
the heart of such a worker glad, he or she will 
come back to you with aj vision and a message 
that will help to transform your church and 
school. What do you say: Johnstown? Day- 
ton? Waterloo? South Bend? Goshen? Elk- 
hart? Nappanee? Conemaugh? Clay City? and 
others? 

J. A. GAEBEB, 
General Secretary. 



JANUARY 27, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 11 



J. A. GABBER, President 

Ashland, Ohio 

B. D. BABNABD, Associate 

Mansfield, Ohio 



Our Young People at Work 

(Young People's Topics in Tihe Angelus by Thoburn C. Lyon.) 



GLADYS M. SPICE 

General Secretary 

2301 13th St., N. E., 

Canton, Ohio 



Young People and College Night 



Occasion 

College Night is observed in Brethren 
churches by their young people as the climax 
of Educational Sunday, June 6. 
Subjects 

1 The Value of Education in a Christisn 
College. 

2 Why Brethren Young People Should At- 
tend Ashland College. 

3 Make Ashland a Center of Brethren Ideal- 
ism and Enthusiasm. 

4 Ministerial and Missionary Service in the 
Brethren Church. 

5 Present Day Life Work Opportunities and 
Challenges. 

6 Why Ashland College Should Be Ade- 
quately Endowed. 

Preparation 
Each contestant will choose one of these 
subjects; master it thoroughly through .study 
and consultation with teachers and pastors; 
write his resulting thought orderly and clear- 
ly, writing legibly on one side of the paper 
only. 

Ellgibles 
All high school students of senior and junior 
years. 

Length 
No essay shall exceed 750 words. 

Time 
All competing manuscripts must be deliv- 
ered to the Contest Committee at Ashland, 
Ohio not later than May 1. The duplieato 
will be read in the local church on June 6. 
Judges 
The pudges will consist of throe distin- 
guished persons at Ashland, who will consider 
the writer's knowledge of the subject and ob- 
servance of rhetorical principles. 
Awards 
1. $65.00. 2. $35.00. 3. $25.00. 
Note 

1. That is the contestant winning cither 
place will be awarded a credit to the amount 
stated on a year's tuition in Ashland College. 

2. If the winning contestant is a Seminary 
student, ho will be given one year's tuition in 
the Seminary. 

Supplemental Suggestions 

1. Though promoted by the Stewardship De- 
partment, this is uot an exclusive Christian 
Endeavor affair. It is open to all the young 
people of each local church throughout the 
brotherhood. 

2. Where there may be only one person of 
the high school rank indicated ,let him or her 
join the church--wide contest and supplement 
the proram with papers or tallfe on the othei 
topics by young people of lower or non-high 
school grade. 

3. These parts with suitable devotions and 
appropriate music will make an inspiring ev- 
ening's program for the whole church. The 
pastor may want to give a short talk or ad- 
dress. Let us all share in the offering for this 
•work. 

4. Additional material and helps wjll appear 



Essay Contest with Valuable Scholarship Prizes 

in both the Brethren Evangelist and Angelu.i. 
5. Send ofEering and names of Life Work 
Recruits to the undersigned. 

E. M. RIDDLE, 
Stewardship Superintendent. 
Bryan, Ohio. 



JUNIOR ENDEAVOR 

By Virginia Haun 



you 
you 



( Topic for Februa ry 7) 

How Does Christian Endeavor Help 
Us to Follow Jesus? Luke 2:40-52 

On a long dirty street in one of the big 
cities of our country, there is a row of high 
straight buildings. These houses cannot havo 
nice big sunny porches but are built all in a 
line close to the street. They have never been 
painted and the sides of the houses are so close 
together that the sun hardly ever gets be- 
tween them to give the least appearance of 
happiness. In one of these houses there once 
lived a little girl who loved pretty things 
and pretty colors. She did not have very many 
of them though, only little scraps of ribbon 
or bits of colored cloth that she found on the 
floor of the house where a woman sewed. Do 
want me to describe the little girl for 
.She was a slender child with a rather 
round face. She had brown eyes and brown 
wavy hair. Her name was Estella. When she 
was six years old she started to school just 
like all you boys and girls do. As she was the 
eldest child in the family and did not have an 
older brother or sister to take her to school 
that first morning, she went up the street to 
get with some of the other children who had 
been to school before. Estella was very ex- 
cited that first morning and was very inter 
tstcd in all the new children whom she had 
never seen before. She was not dressed as 
prettily as most of them, but she was happy 
to be seeing them anyhow. There was one 
little girl that Estella particularly liked that 
first day. This small girl was about Estella 's 
size. She had blue eyes, dark hair and nice 
pink cheeks, but the thing* that caused Estella 
to notice her at first was the bright red dress 
the little girl was wearing. 

When school was out and the children were 
starting for home, Estella smiled at this other 
child and was quite pleased when Betty, for 
that was her name, smiled back. Now Betty 
was a little girl like most of you children — 
she had a nice house to live in and on Sundays 
she went to Sunday school and Christian En- 
deavor like you do. The next Sunday after 
school started the Junior Superintendent told 
the children that they ought to be friendly to 
all other children and that it would be nice 
if they could find other children to bring with 
them to the Christian Endeavor. This started 
Betty to thinking and the first person she 



thought of was Estella, for somehow most of 
the children had not played or talked with 
Estella very much and Betty began to under- 
stand that that was not very nice of them. 
The next day she played with Estella and 
soon these children became chums. Betty in- 
vited Estella to go to Christian Endeavor 
with her but at first her invitation was not 
accepted. Betty soon found out that her chum 
did not have an_y clothes nicer than the ones 
she was wearing to school and that she did not 
want to go to church in tliem. Then a happy 
thought came to Betty's mind. She took Es- 
tella to her home after school one evening and 
introduced her to her mother. Betty 's mother 
liked little girls so she was interested in Es- 
tella. She and Betty helped this little child. 
They told her a lot of things about keeping 
her teeth clean and about washing often. Then 
they hunted up some of Betty's clothes that 
.'he did not want any more, and made Estella 
very happy by giving them to her. 

From that time on Estella attended Chris- 
tian Endeavor regularly with Betty. Betty 
kept thinking of ways to help her little friend. 
She helped her to learn the Christian En- 
deavor lessons and to memorize the string of 
pearls. Then she helped her to know Jesus 
and to know how to love him. Estella became 
a much happier little girl than she had ever 
been before. She learned to enjoy helping 
others like Betty did when she helped her, and 
used her ideas in helping her own folks and 
making them hai>picr. 

From this little story we. Junior Endeav- 
orers, can see how Christian Endeavor helps 
us to follow Jesus. It shows us how Chris- 
tian Endeavor helps us to love Jesus and how 
it helps us to leam to enpoy doing things for 
others as Jesus did. Are all of you trying hard 
to memorize all these chapters and the books 
of the Bible to get your string complete? That 
is a good thing to do, I think. All of us know 
someone who would appreciate our friendship 
and who would be helped by coming to Chris- 
tian Endeavor if they do not come as yet. 
Maj'be we do not know of anyone who needs 
help as badly as Estella did, but there are 
children who need our kindness. You will find 
that it will make you yourself much happier 
if you find others to be happy with you. 
Daily Headings 
Its pledge heips. Psalm 50:14. 
Quiet Hour Helps. Psalm 1:1, 2. 
' Strive to do " his will. Psalm 



M., Feb. 1 
T., Feb. 2 
W., Feb. 3 

40:7, 8. 
T., Feb. 4 

36-40. 
F., Feb. 5 
S. Feb. 6 
Ashland, 



Sunshine work helps. Acts 9: 



Friends help. 1 John 3:11. 

Meetings help. Malachi 3:16, 
Ohio. 



17. 



Scientists have about come to the conclu- 
sion that the mounds in the Middle West 
were built by the mound-builders. — Florida 
Times-Union. 

Still, your parents know nothing of child- 
psychology, and look how wonderful you are. 
— Cedar Falls Record. 






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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



JANUARY 27, 1926 



iSend Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BATJMAN, 

Financial Secretary Foreign Board 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California. 



MISSIONS 



Send Home IMissionary Funds to 

WILLIAM A. GEAKHAKT, 

Home Missionary Secretary, 

1106 American Savings Bldg., Dayton, Ohio. 



A Member of Our Macedonian Band 



"The Sky-Parlor," Long Beach, Calif., 
January 27, 192H. 
Dear Members of the F. M. S.: 

The other day, your Treasurer received a 
letter from one of God's "greatly beloved", 
enclosing her Easter Offering of $10. She sent 
it thus early for fear she would not be able 
to send it at all, for she was just about to go 
on the operating table for the sixth time. 
This dear one of God's saints belong to our 
"Macedonian" Band, for in the past she has 
sometimes gone without necessary, warm 
clothing in order to give to the work of her 
Lord in far-away lands! She reminds your 
Office Secretary of our Lord's commendation 
of the widow who gave her " mite ". Ton wil! 
remember he said, "This poor widow hath 
cast in more than all they which have cast 
into the treasury; for all they did cast in of 
their abundance ; but she of her want did east 
in all that she had, even all her living. ' ' 

You know, some of us ((both as individuals 
and as churches) sometimes have a feeling 
that we have done great things for Missions 
— sort 'o put our right shoulder out of joint 
patting the left one! But, in the light of this 
woman's gift, what does our giving amount 
to? In the light of the Yoder-Sickol-Niolsen- 
Yett "living sacrifice" (was afraid the Edi- 
tor wouldn't allow me space enough to list 
also that noble band in Africa) — how does our 
"giving" look in the eyes of our God? Re- 
member, we have a God who "seeth not as 
man seeth, for man looketh on the outward 
appearance; but the Lord looketh on the 
heart." And we have a God too who "is not 
unrighteous to forget your work and labor of 
love that ye have shewed toward his name." 
Yes, that is what counts in this world and the 
next — ' 'your work and labor of love! ' ' With- 



out lov'e, even the great Apostle Paul says he 
would "become as a sounding brass and a 
tinkling cymbal. 

Our Lord Himself says, ' ' Behold I come 
quickly; hold fast that which thou hast, that 
no man take thy crown!" O, dear members 
of the F. M. S., let us not lose the joy of giv- 
ing the consequent reward, by giving under 
a wrong motive! Let us not "look on the 
outward appearance," but let us look, through 
God's eyes, on our hearts! Are you giving 
to your God a love gift, or are you congratu- 
lating yourself on the amount you have given 
to Foreign Missions? 

Yours in the Master 's service, 

THAT OFFICE SECRETARY. 



The Music on the Roof 

Haidar Pasha is a suburb of Constantinople 
where the wealthy business men and mer- 
chants live. The buildings that surround its 
mission school, which was formerly a German 
educational center, are massive structures sev- 
eral stories high with large balconies. Some 
of them were so near the school that an ath 
iete could almost spring from roof to roof. 
In the cool of the summer evenings Turkish 
ladies love to emerge from the seclusion of 
the haremlik and congregate on roof or bal- 
cony to while away the time by playing on 
stringed instruments, singing and chatting to- 
gether. 

Oe night, writes a correspondent of thn 
London Christian Herald, I had gone to bed, 
tired and a little homesick. Suddenly I heard 
some Turkish ladies come out on a neighbor- 
ing roof, and one of them began to play .-i 
guitar. I had often heard them do that, but 



this time/ the tune arrested my attention. She 
was playing the well-known hymn, ' ' Tell Me 
the Old, Old Story." Then one of the wo- 
men began to sing. She had a sweet contralto 
voice, and her English was perfect. I was 
charmed, thrilled — and astonished. How was 
it that this Moslem woman was singing a 
Christian song? I slipped on my dressing gown 
and walked out on the roof. The Turkish 
ladies were just discernible in the darkness. 

"That is a Christian hymn which you have 
been singing, madam," I ventured, scarcely 
luiowing whether to expect a response or not, 
for it is against the Turkish custom for a wo- 
man to uncover her face or even to speak to 
one of another faith. 

"Yes," she replied in soft tones. 

"Are you then of the Christian faith?" 
I queried. 

"No," she said. "I am a Mohanunedan; 
but I love some of your hymns. ' ' 

I bade her good niight and retired again. 
The next day I wrapped up a small New 
Testament and tossed it on to the roof of the 
woman's residence. 

Some months afterward I received instruc- 
tions from headquarters to return home. The 
following morning, while at breakfast, the or- 
derly handed me a letter that he had found oi' 
the roof. It ran as follows: 

"I found the Bible which you threw on my 
roof for me, and offer you my thanks. I have 
read it many times and love it. The reading 
about Jesus Christ has melted my heart. I 
have prayed to him to make me like him, and 
he has filled my heart with joy. I know he 
is the Savior of the world. I am compelled to 
be a secret Christian, as we cannot do what 
we would here; but I am sure Jesus under- 
stands and knows that I intend to worship 
him. Adieu. Aziade." 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



POETIS, KANSAS 

Not having reported for some weeks, wo 
shall endeavor to let the world know we are 
still on the active list in the Lord's vineyard. 
Brother Ratlift' reported the work some time 
ago, but we have not reported since early fall. 
The work in general is going good. We have 
received two by letter since January first. We 
lost three members by death during the fill! 
.■reason and one by letter. We are trying lo 
enlist new reci uits. At our last business meet- 
ing, the church decided to have revival ser- 
vices beginning February 14, lasting over two 
weeks. They asked the pastor to do the; 
preaching. After getting the consent of most 
all the members to stand by the work in what- 
ever way ihey could help, attcudance and jill. 
we have decided to do so, and leave the results 
with the Lord. This will be a heavy task, 
for we have held one meeting and have been 



preaching the unsearchable riches here for 
over throe and a half years, but we are not 
afraid to tackle a BIG job. We have a faith- 
ful membership as a whole who have never 
failed yet in undertaking big things for our 
Jesus, whom we love to serve. May we have 
the praj^ers of God's people in this undertak- 
ing. We shall report later. 

The Sunday school is keeping up real well, 
considering the losses we have sustained in 
removals and by deaths. We averaged for 
the whole year of 1925, 103 per Sunday. Three 
Sundays the attendance was extremely low — 
largely on account of muddy roads find bad 
weather. Here in the west folks can 't travel 
much right after a rain — it means "parking 
in a diteh, " or a visit to the garage for re- 
pairs. 

In December we celebrated our Third An- 
niversary of the 'dedication of our new church. 



Reports given by the different auxiliaries 
all showed progress in the last three years. 
Fortj'-nine new members have been received 
into the church; the W. M. S. has added new 
members with now a total of 38. The S. M. M. 
reorganized with 18 members. The C. E. is 
doing good work, with the enlistment of moi'O 
young folks in active service. The Sunday 
school average for the first year in the new 
building was 109, second year, 106, third year, 
107. (Ten families moved away from the vi- 
cinity .since 1922.) We are starting a Teacher 
Training class soon, also putting on a friendly 
contest for attendance among all the classes 
— the men against the women — to last over 
the period of the first quarter of the year. 
Brother Dell Lemon is our efficient superin- 
tendent. 

We are now conducting a Boy Scout School 
in the city, open to all boys from 9 to 14 



JANUARY 27, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE 13 



years of age. We have 21 enrollments so far. 
This school will last over six weeks culminat- 
ing with National Boy Scout Week, February 
7-13, at which time honors will be given. 

We assist in the Parent-Teacher programs 
which meet every month, and also conduct 
chapel services at the high school regularly 
taking our turn with the other two pastors of 
the city. 

Recently we became a member of a new or- 
ganization, The Lincoln Park District Jilinis- 
terial Association, comprising four counties, 
with a total constituency of 78 minsters. We 
meet once every three months. 

The street to the west of the church has 
been graveled and curbed — two main high- 
ways go along here — and a part of an 8 mile 
stretch of pike completed last summer. The 
street to the front has since been graveled so 
now we have a 'clean front' on two sides of 
us when it rains. 

We have been observing all special days, 
and in the midst of a severe shortage of re- 
sources in a farming community, we are glad 
to say most all local bills are paid up — the 
preacher gets his check regularly. This condi- 
tion is due largely to past training in tithing 
and teaching on keeping the Lord's work to 
the foremost in importance. 

Praise the Lord, under seemingly hindering 
conditions, we are making progress, for which 
we give him the glory. 

W. E. DEBTEE, Pastor. 



BEDFORD COUNTY, PENN'A. CIRCUIT 

Seeking to comply with the request of the 
Editor of the Brethren Evangelist, that a 
quarterly report be submitted of the various 
iiclds, we are led to make mention of the fol- 
lowing facts. 

Yellow Creek 

On the Sunday after the Pennsylvania Con- 
ference, October 11th, we began a two weeks' 
revival at the Yellow Creek church. The ser- 
vices were evangelistic and preparatory in 
character, and resulted in one reconsecration. 
On the closing night, when thirty members 
surrounded the Lord's table, we felt that this 
attendance was attained largely through the 
interest aroused in the special services. Bad 
weather was in evidence during more than 
half of the period, but the loyalty of the mem- 
bership did not waver. One night only six 
were in attendance, one family, but the ser- 
vice was held. 

On Wednesday night, following the close of 
the meetings, the church came in a body to 
the pastor's home at New Enterprise, bring- 
ing a generous donation of seasonable and 
staple provisions. The guests, forty in num- 
ber, furnished the entertainment for the even- 
ing, and the refreshments, and a very enjoy- 
able evening was had. The instance of united 
good will and generosity has been supple- 
mented many times by individual famiUe.s 
sharing their blessings with us. 

On Christmas night the Sunday school held 
its Christmas service, in which the choir, and 
those who so attractively decorated the 
church, as well as the children, won great 
credit. One instance of the spirit of the oc- 
casion was the gift to the pastor of a gener- 
ous purse. Interest in the Sunday school j^ 
being sustained during these winter months. 



Raystown 

The Raystown church began a three weeks' 
revival on November 15. We enjoyed fine 
weather conditions, and a very loyal attend- 
ance and cooperation on the part of the mem- 
bership. On, Thanksgiving day two boys were 
baptized. The following Sunday, the second 
in the meeting, practically every member 
in attendance at the morning service came 
forward for reconsecration. And amid this oc- 
casion of deep rejoicing, six more young peo 
pie from the intermediate department of the 
Sunday school came forward and made the 
good confession. These six also have been 
baptized and received into the fellowship of 
the church. All eight were present at the Com- 
munion sorvieess, when forty-one participated. 

An entertaining playlet was given by the 
girls of the Senior Department of the Sunday 
school at Christmas. These same girls also 
compose an active Sisterhood of Mary and 
Martha. The following evening, the regular 
treat was distributed. The Woman 's Mis- 
sionary Society presented Mrs. Crick with a 
beautiful and serviceable quilt, which repre- 
sented many, many hours of patient sewing on 
the part of the membership. At the same 
time the Sisterhood presented a beautiful sil- 
ver carving set. These gifts shall ever be 
highly valued by us. In addition to these 
gifts, the church gave the pastor a generous 
purse. Many other gifts have been received 
from different families, all of which are great- 
ly appreciated. 

So real was thei spirit of giving that more 
than one hundred dollars was subscribed by 
the membership as a Christmas gift to the 
church, the same to be used in curtailing a 
note soon due. We have assurances that there 
are still other substantial subscriptioins to be 
made. The. W. M. S., the Christian Endeavor 
and the Sunday school are making determined 
efforts to augment the fund when the ttime 
comes. 

We believe Raystown can truly be called a 
growing church. While the growth is not so 
much in numbers, there is in evidence a 
healthy desire to do more and better work for 
the Lord. And such intelligent and consecra- 
ted desire is the secret of real growth. There 
is to be seen hunger for information, and for 
the adoption of methods and organization 
which assures expansion and efficiency. 
New Enterprise 

The New Enterprise church decided not to 
hold its revival until early in the spring, and 
plans are already being formulated with the 
special services in view. A very inspira- 
tional Communion service was held on Novem- 
ber 8th, when fiity surrounded the tables. An 
interesting fact in connection with the ser- 
ice was that as many men as women were pres- 
ent. Several members of the Martinsburg, 
Penn'a. church were present, which was an 
added blessing. 

The Sunday school attendance has been sus- 
tained. On the last Sunday of the year, with 
the thermometer at zero, forty-seven were 
in attendance at the program given by the 
children's division. One brother went so far 
as to hitch a horse to his Ford to get it 
started, so he could bring his family to the 
service. 

The women of the church became inspired 
with the Christmas spirit early in December. 



By using a very clever ruse, they led Mrs. 
Crick to choose a coat at a local store. Then 
all unknown to her, they solicited the funds, 
purchased the coat, and gave it to her for 
Christmas, much to her surprise and pleasure. 
Many other gifts have been received from in- 
dividual families, all of which are hightly ap- 
preciated. 

There was one reconsecration before the 
Communion service and two have been re- 
ceived into the New Enterprise church by let- 
ter since our last report was made. 
In General 

Ail three churches on this circuit have 
complied with the u.sual requests for offerings 
for National and District Missions, and for 
fhe the White Gift. Knowing the conditions 
here, w? feel that the response has been com- 
mendable in every instance. Plans are being- 
made to make the appeals for Publication 
Day and for benevolences in due time. 

Pastor and mcmlicrship all desire the pray- 
ers of the brethren that through our willing 
submission to the loading of the Holy Spirit, 
this work may be expanded and developed. 

W. S. CHICK. 
New Enterprise, Penn'a. 



LONG BEACH, CALirORNIA 

According to the date on the corner stone 
of the First Brethren Church of Long Beach, 
we are just entering the thirteenth year of our 
history. You just watch us upset all the cal- 
culations and prognostications of the supersti- 
tious "calamity howlers", for, according to 
God's promise, we expect to be living demon- 
strators of that verse that says: "All things 
work together for good to them that love God, 
to them who are called according to his pur- 
pose." Rom. 8:28. 

We started the New Year right — on our 
knees in an old-fashioned, powerful, spirit- 
filled Watch Night service. It was ju.st an 
extra blessing — one of "God's handfuls of 
purpose" — a misplaced Wednesday night 
prayer meeting, so to speak — God giving us 
two times of refreshing that last week in the 
old year. For we do have the most wonderful 
Wednesday night prayer meetings! If you 
could attend just one, you would understand 
what a "filling station" along the way they 
arfe! 

Then we had our annual business meeting a 
week or so later. The people may have made 
a few mistakes there (such as electing a new 
Church Reporter and making the undersigned 
"it",) but Romans 8:28 is still in the Book! 
The harder the "all things" are to be worked 
together, the greater the glory to our all-pow- 
erful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! 

Then we wish to praise and thank our Fa- 
ther God that he gave grace to our Official 
Board (although it was as hard as prying 
loose a wisdom tooth) to lend our beloved 
pastor. Dr. L. S. Bauman, to the La Verne 
church, for a two weeks' evangelistic service. 
It is a real deprivation to do without him for 
three Sunday nights and two Wednesday night 
prayer meetings, but we have faith to believe 
we will share a bit in the joy and reward of 
' ' much fruit ' ' which will come to the La 
Verne Brethren. We know that it was accord- 
ing to the Lord's will that he should go, and 
so we claim the pronnse that he which hegan 
the good work will perform it. Phil. 1:6. 



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JANUARY 27, 1926 



On the first Sunday of February, wc expect 
to dedicate our youngest "child" — even the 
North Long Beach Mission Church, which the 
parent church is erecting at the other end of 
Ihe city. Again, our pastor is to conduct a 
two woiiks' evangelistic campaign there, fol- 
lowing the dedication. Pray with us that the 
Lord will use him mightily there, to the sal- 
vation of many souls and the upbuilding of 
the church. 

At the present writing, we know of nothing 
that is going to ' ' happen ' ' in March, but no 
doubt our pa.stor will see that something shall 
"come to pass," as he doesn't believe in 
rocking chairs or cozy corners when it comes 
to church organization! 

Then after tliat conies Easter and its offer- 
ing to the Lord of the Resurrection Day, 
through our remembrance of Foreign Missions 
of our church. We don't wish ourselves any 
"bad luck," but if you want to excel the 
Long Beach church in your ofEfl'ering — here is 
our challenge "to provoke you unto love and 
good works!" Heb. 10:24. 

A. TASTER. Ps. 34:8. 



GENERAL HOME MISSION OFFERING 

(Continued from last week.) 

Report of Receipts for Home Missions from 

November 15, to December 31, 1925 

Note — Names of contributors giving less 
than $5.UU, are not printed unless the contri- 
Uution was sent uirect to our office. Thanks- 
giving offering reports sometimes contain the 
names of those giving less than $5.00 and it 
would consume too much space to print small- 
er contributions. 

General Fund 

Br. Oh., Roanoke, Ind., $ 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. C. N. Akens, Mt. Victory, 

Kentucky, 5.00 

Br .Ch., New Troy, Mich., 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. V. Kinzie, Krypton, 

Kentucky, 5.00 

Br. Ch., Milledgeville, 111., $ 32.1(i 

Mr. & Mrs. W. P. Beard, 12.50 



iS. Livengood, 

Mr. & Mrs. J. E. Miller, 

Geo. E. Cone, 

Fannie Walker, 

Amanda Livengood, .... 
W. L. Miller, 



20.00 
10.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 



Total, both funds $115.16 

Br. Ch., Ashland, Ohio, $ 24.65 

Mr. & Mrs. E. L. Kilhef ncr, 20.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. L. DeLozier, 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank Zercher, 5.00 

B. T. Burnworth & Family, 5.00 

Chas. A. Bamc, 5.00 

Mrs. C. A. Bame, 5.00 

Donald Bamc, 5.00 

Dorcas Bamc, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Alva .T. McClain 5.00 

Mrs. Geo. S. Baer, 5.00 

(ieo. S. Baer, 5.00 



Total, both funds $104.(:.") 

J. Warren. Angeline and M. W. 

Eikonberrv, Kokomo, ind. $ 5.00 

Br. Ch., Warsaw, Indiana $ 39.10 

.1. W. Vanator, 5.00 

Mrs. Grant Croy 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. 0. H. Bennett 5.00 

W. M. S., 25.00 



Total, both funds $ 79.19 

Br. Ch., Gravolton, Ind $ 17.71 

Br. Ch., Maurertown, Va 123.48 

Br. Ch., (Fairview), Wash. C. H.. O.,.. 27.25 



Total, both funds .$27.75 

Mr. & Mrs. .Jacob Thomas, Mt. Etna, 

Iowa $ 10.00 

Br. Ch., Mulvane, Kansas Iti.OO 

Br. Ch., Oak Hill. W. Va., 10.00 



Freeman Ankrum, o.OO 

H. A. Duncan, 5.00 

Total, $ 20.00 

Br. Ch., Conemaugh, Pa., $ 21.52 

Geo. H. Jones, 10.00 

Grover Snyder, 10.00 

Mrs. Grover iSnyder, 10.00 

F. B. S'tutzman, 5.00 

Mrs. Chester Albert, 5.00 

S. E. Rorabaugh, 5.00 

Total, $ 66.52 

Br. Ch., (Gretna), Bellofontaine, O., $ 47.61 
Foye Miller, 10.00 

E. F. Miller, 6.00 

Ralph Lichty, 5.00 

A. J. Neer, 5.00 

Total, both funds, $ 76.61 

Br. Ch., Huntington, Ind., $ 6.50 

Gertrude Leedy, 5.00 

.Susanna Summers, 5.00 

Total, $ 16.50 

3rd Br. Cli., Johnstown, Pa., $ 9.50 

Mr. & Mrs. E. Keifer, 5.00 

W. M. Keifer, 5.00 

H. H. Link, 5.00 

Ueo. Benshoff & Sisters, 10.0 ) 

Total, $ 34.50 

Br: Ch., N. Manchester, Ind., ... $229.90 

Total, both funds, $365.88 

Br. Ch., Listie, Pa., $ 20.00 

Br. Ch., Allentown, Pa., $ 27.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Belles, 5.00 

Y. P. S. C. E., 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. E. Fehnel, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. B. Turner, 10.00 

Mrs. Alvin R. Geist, 5.00 

Total, both funds, $120.00 

Br. Ch., New Lebanon, Ohio, $ 16.00 

Mr. & Mrs. F. J. Weaver, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Eck, 5.00 

Total, both funds, 68.0 3 

Br. Ch., Portis, Kansas, $ 41.76 

F. C. Ratliff 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. T. N. Garner, .' . . 5.00 

Fannie Milheiser , 25.00 

Total, ■. $ 76.76 

Br. Ch., Clay City, Ind., $ 37.70 

Br. Ch., Hamlin, Kansas, $ 30.18 

Mr. & Mrs. N. P. Eglin 50.00 

Mr. & Mrs. G. F. Berkle.v, 25.00 

Virgil D. Hess, 5.00 

Mrs. G. W. Dowell, 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Scott Shannon, 5.00 

W. M. S., 10.00 

Mr. & Mrs. IS. I. Miller, 5.00 

Total, $140.18 

Br. Mission, Ft. Wayne, Ind., $ 14.50 

Mrs. Belle Ham 10.00 

Total, $ 24.50 

A S'ister, Lake Odessa, Mich 2.00 

2nd Br. Ch., Johnstown, Pa $ 17.00 

1). G. Hildebrand, 5.00 

Jos. W. Bycrs & Familv 5.00 

Mrs. .J. R. Griffith $ 2..50 

J. H. Bldusjh & Family, 5.00 

Kev. & Mrs. DyoU Beloto, 5.00 

Total, both funds $ 45.00 

Micah Hall, Garwin, Iowa 7.50 

Br. Ch., Beaver City, Neb $101.50 

Rev. & Mrs. A. E. Whitted, 

Helen Seibert, 

Mrs. A. T. Niekerson, 

Mary Seibert, 

Anna Manley. 

Note — -The above contribiitoil $5.00 
or more. 

Br. S. S., Ridgclv, :Nrd $ 5.00 

Br. Ch., Denver," Ind 10.00 

W. M. S 10.00 

Total $ 20.00 

Br. Ch., Goshen. Ind $ 59.30 



(Sunday School, 



80.20 



Total, both funds, $140.00 

Br. Ch., Flora, Ind., $ 51.18 

J. E. Cliugenpeel & Family, 5.00 

W. M. S., 25.00 

Bible Class No. 12, 24.78 

Bible Class No. 13, 25.00 

Bible Class No. 14, 12.20 

Bible Class No. 15, 17.75 



Total, $160.91 

Br. S. S. (Bethlehem) Harrisonburg, 

Va., $ 45.24 

Br. Ch., Middlebranch, Ohio, 51.50 

W. M. iS., 5.00 



Total, $ 56.50 

Br. Ch., Tiosa, Ind., 14.50 

Br. Ch., New Enterprise, Ind., 34.00 

Br. Oh., (Bethel), Berne, Ind., 172.00 

John Kuhn, 5.00 

Bryson C. Fetters, 5.00 

Sam Egley, 5.00 

Mrs. John Leistner, 2.50 

Victor Kuhn, 5.00 

G. E. Riesen, 5.00 

Viola Riesen, 5.00 

Herbert Byer, 15.00 

.John Sipe, 5.00 

George Sipe, 5.00 

Clark Sipe, 5.00 



Total, both funds, $262.00 

Br. Ch., Gratis, Ohio, $ 33.00 

N. G. Kimmel, 6.00 

O. C. Starn, 5.00 

Mae Smith, 2.50 

Chas. Smith 2.50 

J. E. Ulrieh, 5.00 

Primary Dept. iS. S., 10.00 



Total, both funds, 

Br. Ch., New Enterprise, Pa., 
Br. Ch., Yellow Creek, Pa., . 
Br. S. S., Washington, D. C, 

iSusan L. Cleaver, 

Guy H. Tamkin, 

Nellie M. Tamkin, 

Jas. D. Boone, 



69.00 

25.00 

16.00 

43.38 

4.00 

5.00 

5.00 

10.00 



Total, both funds, $ 74.43 

Br. Ch., Washington, D. C, $ 28.25 

Martha Keller, . . 5.00 

B. F. Newcomer, . . . .■ 5.00 

W. M. S., 5.00 



Total, both funds, $ 55.25 

Grand Total, $129.68 

Br. Ch., Udell, Iowa, $ .75 

Br. Ch., Ardmore, Ind., 43.92 

Br. Ch., Leon, Iowa, 42.56 

Emma Garber, 5.00 

C. Studebaker & Wife, 15.00 

Wilma Garber, 8.00 

R. T. Purcy, 5.00 

M. T. Riddle, 5.00 

Roscoe Scott, 5.00 

Clyde Stevens, 5.00 

F. M. Gittinger, 5.00 

Geo. Sanger, 5.00 



Total, $100.56 

Br. Ch., Louisville, Ohio $ 54.30 

Mrs. Floyd Miller 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. L. P. CJapper 5.00 

Rev. & Mrs. R. F. Porte 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. A. S. Knoll, 5.00 

Viola Knoll, 5.00 

Harrison C. Royer, 15.00 



Total, $ 94.30 

Br. S. S. & New Paris, Ind $ 42.60 

Br. Ch., iSt. James, Md., 54.06 

Lester King, 5.00 

Bessie Suraan, 2.50 



Total, both funds $ 64.06 

Mrs. Jacob S. iSwartz, Mt. Clinton, 

Va $10.00 

Sarah T. Gaines, Brookville, Ohio, . . 5.00 
Br. Ch., McKee, Pa., Inc S. S., $10, . . 44.75 
Br. Ch. (Pleasant Grove), N. Eng- 
lish, Iowa 6.71 



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PAGE 15 



Mark B. Spaoht, 5.00 

Total, both funds, $ 26.46 

1st Br. Ch., Philadelpliia, Pa., $ 90.00 

Dora Cassel, 5.00 

Edna Schell, 5.00 

Total, $100.00 

Br. Ch., Martinsburg, Pa., $ 74.:27 

Ladies' Bible Class, 5.00 

Kose Circle Class, 10.00 

W. M. S., 5.00 

Ever Faithful Class, 5.00 

Barbara Wcidenhammer, 3.00 

Young Men 's Class, 5.00 

J. E. Billing, 5.00 

Total, both funds, $124.27 

Br. Ch., Glenf ord, Ohio, $ 10.00 

Total, all funds, $ 24.10 

Br. Ch., N. Liberty, Ind., $ 40.00 

A Friend, ITelf ord, Tenn., 25.00 

Br. Ch., Elkhart, Ind., $150.00 

Br. Ch. (Fair Haven), West iSalem, 

Ohio, 22.75 

Chas. Myers, 5.00 

S. G. Worst, 5.00 

Total, $• 32.75 

Br. Ch., Waterloo, Iowa, $168.20 

Br. Ch., Cerro Gordo, 111., 12.00 

Br. Ch., Garwin, Iowa, 14.96 

Total, both funds, $ 35.00 

Mr. & Mrs. Frank M. Cooper, Cassop- 

olis, Mich., $ 6.00 

Br. Chs., (Sniithville & Sterling, Ohio, $ 56.65 

I. B. Hostetler, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Fouch, 5.00 

Delia Lehman, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. O. Dintaman, 5.00 

E. L. S'teiner, 25.00 

Mr. & Mrs. H. S. & Beulah Eutt, . . 10.00 
Mr. & Mrs. Ulrich Amstutz, 5.00 

■ Mr. & Mrs. R. K. Steiner., 5.00 

Total, both funds, $122.65 

Br. Ch., Pittstowa, N. J., $ 32.60 

Br. Ch., Fremont, Ohio, 16.50 

Mr. & Mrs. D. W. Campbell, 5.00 

Total, $ 21.50 

2nd Br. Ch., Los Angeles, Cal., $173.29 

A. E. Neher, 5.00 

Elverta Neher, 5.00 

Susie Veld, 5.00 

Laura Larsen, 5.00 

F. I. Runyon, 5.00 

Leo Polman & Family, 5.00 

Chas. Hay, .'5.00 

Vernon Metzger, 5.00 

G. C. Caldwell & Family, 25.00 

T. R. Dooly, 5.00 

Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Peck, 5.00 

Anna Beebe, 2.50 

Jos. R. Dunn, 5.00 

Total, both funds, $258.29 

Br. Ch., Blanco, Pa., $ 8.35 

Wm. H. Miller, Fairview, W. Va.,. . 1.00 
H. C. Hostetler & Family, Oakland, 

Maryland, 5.00 

Br. Ch., Racket, W. Va., 2.50 

N. D. Wright, 5.00 

Total $ 7.50 

Interest, $ 2.26 

Total, $5955.18 

Kentucky Fund 

Lilia McCann, Cameron, W. Va., $ 10.00 

2nd Br. Ch., Los Angeles, Cal., 75.00 

Br. Ch., Miamisburg, O., $ 8,00 

Br. Ch., Clayton (Salem), Ohio, $ 1.00 

H. S. Mikesell, $ 5.00 

Br. Ch., Dayton, Ohio (partial report), $ 7.75 
Willing Ch. Workers Bible Class, . . 5.00 

Flo B. Fogarty, 2.50 

Roy & Lydia Macher, 2.50 

The 0. E.' Bowman Family, 15.0''> 

Violet Forsyth, '. 10.00 



L. C. Ehrstine, 

Blanche E. Hamburger & Daughters, 

Kamuel Kiehl, 

Lizzie Muse 

Mrs. L. D. Rayner, 

Mrs. Cora Bolander, 

Golden Rule Bible Class, 

Mrs. Verna Ullom, Coldwater, Mich., 

B. E. Wise, Middlebranch, Ohio, 

Br. Ch., Sergeantsville. N. J., 

Ida S. Leigh, 

Margaret H. Wilson, 

Elnora Fike, Terra Alta, W. Va., . . . 
Mr. & Mrs. Pearl Lowry, Garwin, la., 

Br. Ch., College Corner, Ind., 

Br. Ch., Bryan, Ohio, 

Mrs. G. W. Housaker, 

Chas. Kern, 

C. C. & Rosa Harry, 

S'. Lowman, 

Br. Ch., Dallas Center, Iowa, 

Mr. & Mrs. E. B. Robinson, 

Mr. & Mrs. E. B. Studebaker, 

Mr. & Mrs. J. O. Lehman, 

Mr. & Mrs. D. F. Hoover, 

Mrs. Lucy Metz, Sibley, Iowa, 

Br. Ch., Milledgeville, 111., 

Mr. & Mrs. W. P. Beard, 

Mr. & Mrs. H. R. DeLozier, 

Br. Ch., (Fairview), Wash. C. H., O., 
Class No. 5, Middlebranch, Ohio, . . . 
Br. Ch., (Gretna), Bellefontaine, O.,.. 
Br. Ch., North Manchester, Ind., 

Children's Div. S. S., 

Adult Division S. iS., 

Br. Ch., AUentown, Pa., 

Anson S. Kline, 

Lizzie Kamoie, 

Mrs. W. Kneehel, 

Miriam, Elsie & Evelyn Silberman, 

Geo. Silberman & Family, 

Achilles Paolini, 

Br. Ch., New Lebanon, Ohio, 

Harvey Dafllor, 

Mr. & Mrs. F. J. Weaver, 

Mr. & Mrs. J. G. Eck, 

Mrs. J. R. Griffith, 

Rev. & Mrs. Dyoll Belote, 

Jlicah Hall, Garwin, Iowa, 

Br. Ch., Goshen, Ind., 

Br. Ch., Tiosa, Ind., 

Holman Egly, 

Elsie Kuhn, 

Mrs. John Leistner, 

Lillie Kuhn, 

Gideon Riesen, 

Iva Fetters, 

Mae Smith, 

Chas. Smith, 

Br. S. S., Washington, D. C, 

Willing Workers' Class, 

Br. Ch., Washington, D. C, 

Paul N. Brumbaugh, 

Bessie Suman, 

Br. Ch., Udell, Iowa 

Br. Ch. rPleasant Grove), N. Eng- 
lish, Iowa, 

Ernest Myers, 

Jno. R. Myers, 

Margaret Kyler ■ 

Br. Ch., Glenford, Ohio 

C. E. Soe., Sergeantsville, N. J., ... 

Br. Ch., Garwin, Iowa, 

Br. Chs., iSmithville & Sterling, Ohio, 

Anna Beebe, 

Elizabeth Gnagey, Oak Park, 111., . . . 
Wm. H. Miller, Fairview, W. Va.,. . 



5.00 

10.00 

.50 

1.00 

1.00 

2.50 

12.00 

5.00 

2.50 

3.00 

2.50 

3.U0 

$ 10.00 
5.00 
9.70 

$ 53.50 
5.00 

$ 5.00 

$ 5.00 
5.00 

$ 19.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 
5.00 

$ 5.00 

$ 3.00 
12.50 

$ 5.00 
.50 

$ 25.00 
3.00 

$ 85.83 

50.15 

$ 13.00 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

$ 10.00 

15.00 

10.00 

$ 22.00 

$ 10.00 

5.00 

5.00 

$ 2.50 

3.00 

7.50 

$ .50 

$ 3.10 

$ 5.00 

5.00 

2.50 

5.00 

5.00 

5.00 

2.50 

2.50 

$ 2.00 

$ 5.05 

$ 2.00 

$10.00 

2.50 

$ 14.50 

4.75 

5.00 

5.00 

$ 10.00 

$ 14.10 

$ 5.00 

$ 20.04 

$ 1.00 

2.50 

10.00 

1.00 



Total, 



$ 790.47 



Grand Total, $6745.65 

Note — Those giving $5.00 or more, are en- 
rolled as follows: 

Active Member, $ 5.00 

Home Guard Member, 10.00 

Sustaining Member, 25.00 

Supporting Member, 50.00 

Patron Member, 100.00 

Donor Member, 500.00 

We are very grateful for the substantial 
increase in the Thanksgiving offering this 
year. We trust that 5,11 churches will make 
sure to send us an offering. Members who 



were not present at church when the offering 
was raised, should not neglect to send their 
contribution to our office any time between 
now and July 1st. 

Respectfully submitted, 

WM. A. GEARHAET, 
Home Mission Secretary, 
1106 American Building, Dayton, Ohio. 



# 



HOW TO KILL A PRAYER MEETING 

1. Forget all about it until the hour ar- 
rives. 

2. Come ten minutes late and sit near the 
door. 

3. Work so hard during the day that you 
are so tired when night comes you cannot 
keep awake. 

4. Do not take part in the singing. But if 
you should make a mistake and sing, be sure 
and drag. Slow, painfully slow, singing is 
very appropriate to a dead prayer meeting. 

5. When the meeting has begun wait for 
others to speak and pray. Spend your time 
in planning your next day's work. 

6. When you take part, occupy about twen- 
ty minutes. Do this especially when the lead- 
er asks for sentence prayers and testimonies. 

7. Be sure and bewail the low spiritual 
condition of the church. 

8. When the meeting closes go out as from 
a funeral. You can speak with your brethren 
or the stranger at some other time or place. 

9. If }'ou mention the meeting during the 
week, tell how dull it was. 

10. If the above rules do not produce the 
desired effect, try staying away entirely. A 
sure way to kill the church is to kill 'the 
prayer meeting. — Selected. 



Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

(Continued from page 10) 

whole-hearted convert at his feet, turned to 
the bystanders, among whom was probably 
.Tohn himself, and declared the lesson he 
wanted them to draw from the whole event, 
the lesson of personal decisions. There are 
two classes of people in the world; those who 
are conscious of their blindness and come to 
Christ that they may see, and those that think 
they see clearly and so will not go to Christ 
that the eyes of their souls may be opened 
The latter were the proud'and conceited Phar- 
isees, full of sin just because they were so cer- 
tain of their own righteousness and so ready 
to condemn others. 

Jesus Christ the Light ol the World 
"How can faith be developed; how can 

'they that see not see?' By imitating the 

man born blind; listen to the words of promise 
which Christ has spoken; obey his commands 
however strange; have the courage to hold to 
your convictions in the face of reputed 'wise 
men'; be willing to suffer for his sake; and 
your spiritual sight will be strengthened, light 
will be cast on life's mysteries, and you will 
find Jesus to be indeed 'the Light of the 
world.' "—Prof. Charles R. Erdman. 



HAPPENINGS AT FIRST CHURCH 

Los Angeles, California 
In the absence of Sister Stone, the regular 
correspondent, I venture a few lines which 
may be of interest to the church generally. 

On the evening of December 20, there was 
a large gathering of the church membership 
at the parsenage, where all went as merry as 



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JANUARY 27, 1926 



a marriage bell. Few were the absent ones. 
The assemblage had a previous gathering at 
the home of Bi other Wm. Keller, from whence 
they proceodeil to surprise their popular pas- 
tor and wife. The event was the celebration 
of their silver wedding. This gay company 
went armed with sterling silverware, seasoned 
with a bountiful supply of refreshments and 
a warm Christian fellowship. An excellent 
program was rendered. 

It would be putting it too mildly to say 
that the company was received with open 
arms and roj-ally entertained. And surprised 
they wore! All retraced their steps homeward 
after they had shown their appreciation of 
the loyal services of the pastor and his es- 
timable wife. 

The year was closed by "Decision Day", 
which was a hearty respon.r.e to the invitation 
to follow after the "Blessed Master." 
Twenty-three men, women and children made 
the good confession. 

New Year's eve was the regular church 
meeting for the transaction of business, re- 
ports and election of olfifEcers. 

Everything went off harmoniously and all 
are looking forwMid to a prosperous year. 

Brother .Jennings has been preaching excel- 
lent sermons to an increased attendance. The 
morning sermon, January 10th, was on the 
Transfiguration. Brother Jennings was un- 
usually ardent on this occasion and we believe 
that many more are counting the cost. 

The church membership is meeting one ev- 
ening a month in which they eat together 
^break bread) and enjoy the evening church 
fellowship, after which they meet in the reg- 
ular audience chamber for the discussion of 
topics of general church interest. 

The Christmas exercises were attended by 
a large and appreciative audience, and by 
many was pronounced the most elaborate ever 
conducted, and certainly had a line effect on 
Decision Day. 

This is the seventh year of service here of 
Brother and Sister Jennings. May the Lord 
spare them to us seven more. 

B. F. SCHISLEK. 



IN THE SHADOW 



IjOWRY — Florence Hartsell was boin near 
Tama, Iowa. December 22, 18(i7. She spent 
liei- chlidlioud years in Tama County, and her 
entire life in this state. 

On i\lay 1, ISS'J, she was united in marriage 
with James Luwry. To this iiniun four chil- 
drtn vviMc born: two daughtur.s, Jlrs. I'eTry 
Liynch and .Mrs. l'"urrest Aniblfr, and two 
Suns, Claude and Hay Liowry, all of whom art- 
livlUff near UrccM Mountain, Iowa. 

Soon aftt-r her marriage, im December 2, 
18it-l, .sht' confessed Jesus us her Savio-r and 
Lord and iinili'd with the Carlton Brethren 
chiireli. Shi- was among- the tli'st to unite 
with thi.s eluireh, tlu; organization having" 
been elTectt-d just a short time previous to 
this. .Vn fvidi-nce of her faith is attested in 
the fact that it was nocssary to break the ice 
in order, to baptize hei-. To her church she 
has remainid a true and faithful member. 
She wa.« a loving- mother and a faithful wife. 
It might be said of her as wrote the poet: 
"None kni'w her but to love her or named her 
but to praise." 

Though her suffei-ings were long, and at 
times intense, she bore them very patiently. 
She was ready foi' the call of her Master, and 
peacefully tell asleep about 3 A. M., Thursday 
moining, January 11, at the age of 58 years 
and 23 days. 

Besides her husband, the four children, and 
eight grandchildren, she is survived by two 
sisters. Mrs. .\. S. Ko.x of Palmyra, Penna. and 
Mrs. Lydia ilorsc of Portland, Oregon, and 
two brothers, John llart.«ell of Bridge Port, 
Washington, and Hli Hartsell of Portland, 



Oregon. All of these we conimend to our 
Heavenly Father, who is abundant in mercy 
and peace. 

The funeral service was conducted at the 
Carlton Brethren church on Sunday after- 
noon,, January 17, by her pasto-i', assisted by 
Rev. G. E. MacCanon of the United Brethren 
church of Garwin. Interment was made in 
the Dobson cemetery adjoining the church 
grounds. CARD E. HEDSER. 

HEPF.\ER — Hosetta (Holmes) Heffner was 
born in Ashland Nebraska, August 6, 1876, 
died November 27, 1925. She was married to 
Charles Heffner at Falls City, Nebraska, Oc- 
tobe'i' 31, 1S9S. To this union was born four 
children, Ambrose Heffner of Hastings, Ne- 
braska, D<iwell, Ralph and Pleasant, of Wild 
Horse, Colorado. Besides the husband and 
children she leaves four brothers and two sis- 
ters. Funeral services wei'e conducted by 
the writer at the home of a sister, .Mrs. Frank 
Dvdick. Inteiment was made at the Hamlin 
cemetery. AUSTIN R. STADEY. 

ST. CLAIR — Elizabeth St. Clair, the daugh- 
ter of Jonas and Catherine Beery, was born 
in Hocking County, Ohio, April 21, 1850. She 
departed this life at her home in Columbus, 
Ohio, December 10, 1925. She was the wife 
of Samuel C. St. Clair, who preceded her in 
death a number of- years ago. Also two sons 
and a daughter have passed on to the great 
beyond. Five sons and a daughter survive 
her. 

Sister St. Clair united with the Brethren 
church in Hocking County in 1870 and when 
the Mt. Zion Brethren church was organized 
became a charter member of that organiza- 
tion. After moving to Columbus she trans- 
ferred hei' membership to the Brethren 
church in that city. She was always loyal 
to her church and was regular in her attend- 
ance until confined to her home on account 
of inhrmities caused by a fall. She was an 
invalid for about two years and suffered much 
pain, but she bore her lot with becoming 
Christian patience. 

The funeral services were held in the Mt. 
Zion Brethren church, near Dogan, Ohio and 
Interment was made in the cemetery nearby. 
The services were conducted by her pastor, 
the writer, who was assisted by Brother A. 
E. Thomas. Each gave a brief message of 
comfort and encourag'ement. 

The following lines, selected by Sister St. 
Clair and included in her parting words to 
her family, are expressive of her thought 
concerning her loved ones that remain: 

"Goodbye, goodbye, for God is reaping. 

We say it in sorrowful tone. 
For safe in the Fathei-'s keeping 

We surely can trust his own. 
Goodbye, it is only but for a moment. 

The way to his home lies straight; 
We'll enter it, some in the morning. 

And some in the evening late." 

H. M. OBEHHODTZER. 

CARBERRY — Jacob Carberny, a member of 
the Raystown, Pennsylvania, congregation, 
departed this life December 13, 1925, after an 
illness of two weeks, at the age of seventy- 
three years. He was a son of Daniel and 
Susan Brumbaugh Carberry, to whom eight 
children were born. Only two of these chil- 
dren survive, Ave having departed this life 
within the last eighteen months. Mr. Car- 
berry is survived by his widow, and six chil- 
dren. According to those who knew him well. 
Brother Carberry lived a quiet, unobtrusive 
life, and was held in high esteem. Burial 
was made in the Liberty cemetery, where for 
four years the chmth house in which he wor- 
shiped, stood. W. S. CRICK. 



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S-ISHER — Mrs. Kate Fisher, the wife of 
George fisher, departed this life December 
19, 1925, at the age of 62 years. Her hus- 
band and daughter survive her. She was not 
a member of the Brethren church, but the 
church of her choice being located in a dis- 
tant port of the city, she was a faithful at- 
tendant of the services of the Brethren 
churcli near which she lived, and was an ac- 
tive worker in the Woman's Home Mission- 
ary Society, having been the faithful treas- 
urer of tliat society for several years. Her 
earnestness and fine Christian spirit was an 
inspiration to otheps. She will be greatly 
missed by all who knew her. Funeral ser- 
vices were conducted by Rev. Bickel of the 
Methodist church, assisted by the' writer. 

H. M. OBERHOLTZER. 



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A marble head of Augustus Caesar, lodged 
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of the first century. 

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SUGGESTIONS 
To Young Christians 

1. Trust the Lord fully. He is able to keep you. 

2. Read the Bible daily as God's message to you. 

3. Keep a daily tryst with God, as you would your lovei. 

4. Speak to some one daily and helpfully about your Master. 

5. Attempt difficult tasks for God. There is joy to the worker 

6. Be happy in the Lord. The devil cannot harm a joyful Chris- 
tian. 

7. Declare your allegiance to Christ openly. It will give added 
strength. 

8. Do something for the aged, helpless or poor. This sweetens 
soul and character. 

9. Cultivate the consciousness of God's presence. He is your 
strength and life. 

10. Live in the light of heaven. Press toward the goal. The best 
is yet to come. 

— Selected. 

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CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR FORTY-FIVE YEARS OLD 

A m.ovenient that has lived so long and has spread so far, has 
a vital mission to fulfil. And so long as young people are 
what they are, there will be a need of just such an institution 
doing just such a work. Be not deceived, our youth of today are 
as sorely in need of training "for Christ and the Church" as were 
those of a generation ago. 





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FEBRUARY 3, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

Official Organ of the Brethren Church 

Published weekly by the Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio, at $2.00 per year in advance. 



Georie S. Baer, 
R. R. Teeter, 



Editor 
Business Manager 



Entered at the Post Office at Ashland, Ohio, as second class 
matter. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided 
for in section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized September 
9, 1918. 



IN THIS NUMBER 

' ' Necessity is Laid Upon Us — Editor, 2 

Contrast in Beaction of Age and Youth, 2 

Editorial Keview, 3 

For Christ and the Church — E. M. Eiddle, 4 

Law-Abiding or Lawless — G. C. Carpenter, 5 

Beauty iSpots in the Holy Land — H. H. Tay, 

One Who Never Changes — H. A. Kemp, 7 

Our Worship Program — Editor, 8 

The Christian 's First Duty — Dessie M. HoUinger, 9 

Editor's Sunday School Lesson Notes, 10 

The Essay Contest — Elizabeth Hauu, 11 

Junior Lesson Notes — Virginia Haun, 11 

IThe Office Secretarj- 's Letter — Alice Longaker, 12 

A Banker's A'erdict on Christian Missions, 12 

News from the Field, 13-16 

Tract Promotion Corner — K. F. Porte, Iti 



EDITORIAL 



Necessity is Laid Upon Us 

The last Sunday in February is the time for lifting the offering 
for Benevolences — the support of the superannuated ministers and 
the maintenance of the Brethren Home. iSome churches and individ- 
uals have been in the habit of passing this interest over lightly, if 
indeed they have given it any consideration at all. A little over a 
year ago there was some flinching and uneasiness manifested because 
we pointed out the fact that "Sixty-Five Churches" had failed to 
make any offering whatever to the Superannuated Ministers' Fund 
and as a result these old and honored servants of the church of for- 
mer days were going for months without their pay and some of them 
were suffering want. S'o far as we have learned, the situation is not 
so bad this year. We are hoping to learn soon from Board members 
how our veterans are faring. We are expecting the report that the 
response on the part of the churches has been decidedly better this 
year. And surely it should be. It is not a matter to be lightly con- 
sidered, not a thing that can be taken care of after every other desire 
has be(!n supplied. It is not a call that we may answer or not, as 
the notion takes us. There are three considerations that make it 
imperative that we shall seriously consider and faithfully respond to 
the claims of those of our number who may be in need of the com- 
forts of life. 

First, the Bible enjoins us. Regarding ministers, Paul says, 
"Know ye not that they which minister about sacred things eat of 
the things of the temple, and they which wait upoii the altar have 
their portion with the altar? Even so did the Lord ordain that they 
which proclaim the gospel should live of the gospel" (1 Cor. 9:13, 
1-1). Not only the ministers are to be provided for, but the needy 
among the laity, especially the widows, as the apostle very definitely 
enjoins in the 5th chapter of First Corinthians. So insistent is he 
about it that he says, "If any provide not for his own, and ospo- 
cinlly his own household, he hath denied the faith and is worse than 
an unbeliever" (v. 8). And whore this cannot be done individually 
by relatives, it must be done collectively by the churches. James 
places the care of widows and orphans as one of the outstanding evi- 
dences of "pure religion" (1:27). Paul urges Timothy (6:17, 18) to 
charge them that are rich in this world's goods to become "rich in 
good works" and to "bo ready to distribute" to those who have 
need. And to the Romans (12:13) he writes that they be character- 
ized by that love that is in the habit of "communicating unto the 
necessities of saints." John in his first epistle (3:17) feels the ne- 



cessity of such benevolence so strongly that he says, "But whoso 
hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his bi'other in need, and shut- 
teth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in 
hiraf" And the writer to the Hebrews declares that if this obliga- 
tion is discharged, God will not forget such labor of love ' ' in that ye 
ministered unto the saints and still do minister" (Heb. 6:10). In the 
face of these words, how can we escape the feeling that "necessity 
is laid upon us" to provide for the physical welfare of those who be- 
long to our household of faith? 

Not only are we tinder the Scriptural injunction to care for the 
aged ministers and laity of our church, but our natural sense of 
obligation to provide for our own makes response to the appeal in 
behalf of those in need a matter of necessity. The heart of the nat- 
ural man feels this constraint; it is an inherited instinct; it develops 
with the growing sense of relation. He who crushes the feeling of 
obligation and turns his back upon the duty is universally looked 
upon as heartless and cruel, as deficient in natural affection and de- 
based. How can he who professes to be a follower of the Lord Jesus 
Christ, and especially in the face of the rebuke he administered to 
the greedy and hypocritical Jews for their pretended generosity to 
the temple as a cloak for the evasion of their ruty to their aged par- 
ents, fail to realize a high obligation and boundcn duty in making 
provision for the aged and infirm of the church? 

Moreover gratitude impels such concern for the welfare of the 
saints of God, especially is this true of our relation to the aged min- 
isters. They have labored and sacrificed for the church that we hold 
dear; they served in a day when service was more difficult and per- 
secution was real; they gave themselves to their ministry with little 
or no thought of compensation on their part or on the part of those 
to whom they ministered; they have preserved unto us a rich her- 
itage of faith. Is there a heart so lacking in appreciation, so dead 
to all sense of gratitude as not to wish to do some kindness in return 
for all that has been wrought in our behalf? Surely the least we 
could wish to do is to see that the latter days of these veterans of 
the cross are comfortable and happy. Pity that soul who feels no 
obligation to these godl3^ men as he ponders the incomparable treasure 
of a whole gospel faith, or feeling such, refuses to do what he can 
to discharge it. 



Contrasting Views of Youth and Age 

We have been interested to note the contrast in the reaction of 
the younger and older men (so far as they have expressed themselves) 
to the Evangelist's attitude on the war problem and its criticism of 
the government's war propaganda activities. One man, an Elder in 
the church and advanced far down the sunset side of life, took us 
severely to task because of our advocacy of the World Court* and our 
criticism of the government 's expensive and world-disconcerting 
naval display and its militarizing "Defense Test Day" and in as 
strong words as he could decently use called us unpatriotic. We were 
not ruffled by what he said at all, but we were saddened by the feel- 
ing that possibly he and the other elderly men, not ministers, who 
replied with less fervor but with lack of appreciation of the Evan- 
gelist's aggressiveness in this line, represented to a far too great 
extent the old man's view of war. Others by their ominous silence 
have tended to increase that feeling. 

On the other hand, several young men (ministers and pastors) 
have written commending our attitude, or criticising it for not being 
more aggressive. One young minister sends us a noted speech, prac- 
tically an appeal for pacifism, and gently hints that our oppostion to 
war should be more vigorous. Another sends us a booklet on "Mili- 
tary Training in Schools and Colleges in the United States" and says 
in part, "I believe that if we as Brethren arc to regain (I say 
' regain ', for it seems to me that we lost much groimd during the 
C4reat War) our original position concerning war, we must do so by 
acquainting ourselves with the facts and then acting." And he be- 
lieves that the use of the Evangelist, "the most effective method for 
broadcasting our ideals of peace," should be made more of. Another 
young man, a student, believes thoroughly in pacifism and thinks we 
ought to refuse to participate in any form of militar y tra ining in 
schools or elsewhere and to speak out against milil^^HKn every 
form. These again impressed us as being quite represen^^Kc of the 
attitude of youth toward war, and we cannot help saying that it 
seems the one and only source whence we may expect an awakening 
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of Peace. And the singular thing about these young correspondents 
is that they got their vision and enthusiasm from other than Breth- 
ren sources, which fact confirms our conviction that we are not 
teaching and preaching our peace principles'cnough. 

We are not ready to believe that the majority, nor even the 
average, of our older ministers have lost their Brethren convictions 
against war, notwithstanding the vociferous attitude of a few, but 
we do fear that they have grown too silent on the subject. And long 
continued silence tends to give rise to a feeling of indifCerence. But 
why the silence and apparent indiiference of the older men and the 
outspoken, and aggressive attitude of youth? The one class seems to 
have forgotten that the world was recently ravaged by a great war 
and has no premonitions of a future war, while the other vividly re- 
members and is fearful of the world drifting again war-ward. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



We learn that Miss Minnie Deeter, returned missionary from 
Africa, whose address is 11 Albert Apartments, Clemmer Street, Day- 
ton, Ohio, who underwent a successful operation, is enjoying good 
health again. 

Publication Day offerings are not coming in very lively, accord- 
ing to word from the Business Manager. Send them promptly, and 
when you send them, make them worthy expressions of your ini,eres< 
in the Publishing House. 

The church at Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, has experienced a goofl 
year under the leadership of Brother and Sister J. A. Eemple. The 
Sundoy school has grown to the point where more room was required. 
Seven confessions were recently received. 

Miss Alice Longaker, in reporting concerning a letter received 
from Miss Tyson, missionary to Africa, makes a suggestion that ought 
to b» heeded by a goodly number of those interested in missionary 
work, — writing letters to our missionaries and offering to share the 
burden of their problems in prayer. 

Brethren young people of Junior and Senior years in high school , 
should in large numbers a\ ail themselves of the opportunity offered 
in the Ashland College Night Contest, concerning which Miss Eliza- 
beth Haun writes on the C. E. page this week, and which was out- 
lined in last week's issue. 

Brother B. T. Burnworth, who is in the evangelistic field, an- 
nounces that, due to a change of program, he has an open date for 
the three weeks preceding Easter. Any church interested may write 
him at Ashland, Ohio. His notice arrived too late for entrance in the 
' ' Announcement ' ' department. 

Brother S. E. Christiansen writes of the work at| Pairview, near 
Washington C. H., Ohio, where he is pastor, and where he has re- 
ceived evidences of the loyal support of the faithful. Sunday school 
and church attendance seem encouraging. The Women's Mis.sionary 
Society, as is often the case, proves a strong arm to the church. ITwi 
confessions were received at a meeting begun in December and post- 
poned on account of conflicting community activities. 

Brother Thomas F. Howell writes an interesting letter concern- 
ing the transfer of his activities from Mulvanc, Kansas to the New 
Highland ehureh near Washington, Pennsylvania. He did a good 
work at Mulvane in resurrecting the church and getting it started on 
a new course. He has been kindly received in his new charge and 
finds himself among a people who are mindful of the temporal needs 
of a pastor to a commendable degree. 

We are glad to note that the Louisville, Ohio, work is moving 
forward encouragingly under the able direction of Brother E. F. 
Porte. One addition to the church is reported and every department 
and interest active and making good reports. Plans are under way 
for the enlargement of the Sunday school quarters, as they are 
cramped for space. If this is carried through it will likely result in 
a great adjutage to the church. 

A certain pastor in Coral Gables, Florida, claims to have solved 
the problem of getting the golfer to church by instituting a "golfer's 
service" which is held each Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock, when 
men and women are on their way home from the Country Club two 



blocks away. The innovation is said to have proven popular with the 
golfers. This pastor is to be given credit for his effort, but if his 
ingenuity could devise some means of getting the golfer going rather 
than coming, it would likely be better for the church and the golfer, 
though it might work to the disadvantage of Sunday golf. 

The report from Flora, Indiana, where Brother Frank G. Coleman 
has recently become pastor, is quite encouraging. The Sunday school 
attendance is gaining and they are expecting soon to reach their goal 
of 200. The W. M. iS. did a splendid thing last year in raising funds 
to the amount of $2,446.92. There may be societies that did better, 
but they have not been reported through the columns of the Evan- 
gelist. Another hopeful sign is the increase in the prayer meeting 
attendance, which threatens to overflow into the auditorium of the 
church. They are now in the midst of an evangelistic campaign with 
their pastor doing the preaching, assisted by singing evangelists. 

One faithful correspondent from the Pittsburgh church shares 
some of their joys with the Evangelist family, and displays a very 
optimistic spirit regarding this work under the able leadership of 
Brother A. L. Lynn. A net gain of twenty-nine members is reported 
for the year. A re-dedication of their improved church was recently 
held and the service, a copy of the program for which was sent to 
our office, contained a number of interesting items aside from the 
address by the pastor. Among them was a historical sketch of the 
church by the recording secretary, a most fitting number in view of 
its being the 36th anniversary of the organization of the Pittsburgh 
church. 

We are in receipt of a beautiful souvenir booldet containing the 
program, the original songs and the address of welcome given on the 
occasion of the entertainment of the King's Servants class by the 
Altruists of the Falls City, Nebraska, Sunday school. The former 
class is taught by the pastor. Brother A. B. Cover, and the latter by 
Mrs. H. J. Pritchard. Sometimes we neglect the social requirements of 
our church people, and the adults feel it as weU as the young peo- 
ple, then again, the social features are emphasized a plenty, but 
without any thoughtful direction. It is evident that this social occa- 
sion was one of careful planning, and doubtless resulted in inspira- 
tion as well as enjoyment. 

Brother E. F. Porte does the other pastors a service in reporting 
the Ohio Pastors ' Conference recently held at Columbus. It ia to be 
regretted that not more of our men were there. But Brother Porte's 
suggestion to the churches— that they make up a purse and send their 
pastor another year — will solve the problem in many cases. For we 
personally know that pastors (and editors) are not financially able 
to spend much money on conventions in addition to the trips we are 
required to make to our own National and district conferences. But 
it will pay the churches to enable their pastors to get spiritual re- 
t'leshment and enlarged vision by sending them to such conlerences 
and conventions occasionally. 

Brother Freeman Ankrum, pastor at Oak Hill, West Virginia, re- 
ports progi-ess in the Lord's work at that place. Two have been 
added to the church recently. Two features of special note are the 
interest taken in the prayer meeting and the effort being put forth 
to hold the children for the church services, a thing which is too often 
overlooked. We are glad to note Brother Ankrum's admonition to 
his fellow-pastors about writing church news. If every pastor would 
report or have his correspondent report once a quarter or oftener, 
when occasion demanded, the news department would be kept brist- 
ling, the brotherhood would be kept well informed regarding the con- 
dition of the Lord's work, and there would not be an occasion for 
such lengthy letters as are sometimes written when one must recount 
the work for a whole year. We have been pleased to note an im- 
provement in the matter of writing reeentlv, however. 



If you are not at one with Christ, you are not one of Christ's. 

Some folks don't like topical preaching because it is inclined to 
become too practical. 

Outward forms are containers of spiritual truths, but the con- 
tents cannot be sipped by carnal lips. 

Men can quarrel over man-written creeds as well as over the 
Bible, and in the process both sides are likely to get farther from 
the truth. 



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FEBRUARY 3, 1926 



GENERAL ARTICLES 



For Christ and the Church 

By E. M. Riddle 

{This excellent address deUvered by Brother Riddle on October 30, at the Ohio Conference held at Smithmlle, 

and voted by that body to be published in "The Evangelist," ive have purposely held for publication at this 

time as a fitting celebration of Christian Endeavor Week — Editor.) 




E. M. Riddle 



Tlie task bt'i'oru me is one of supreme 
impoi'taiiee. What question is there that 
should command such attention as how to 
deal with the youth of today that we may 
win them for Christ and the church ? After 
eleven years of experience in the Chiistian 
ministry, 1 am still seeking the bets way 
minislry, I am still seeking the best way 
lo M'in and keep the youth who are en- 
trusted to my pastoi'al care. 1 believe this 
to have been the paramount problem of 
my ministry, how best enlist my young 
folks for the Kingdom of God. 

The Place for Young People 
I am persuaded that the young people of 
every church and community should be 
linked up with the church program, through some active 
auxiliary. Their place is in the church. They should never 
be allowed to feel that they are apart from the program of 
the church. The time was and not long ago either, when in 
many churches the young were not to be heard and were not 
at all encouraged to identify themselves with the church. 
However I am glad it is different today. In recent years a 
large influx of young life has been gathered into the church. 
It is even true in our own denomination. Plence there lies 
within our arms a large responsil)ility, that of nurtunng, 
training and enlisting our young people. Enlisting — yes, 
tying them up with the church. In doing this I take it that 
every young person should first be won to Jesus Christ, sec- 
ondly won for the church. That, my friends, is a worthy 
goal of the worldwide Christian Endeavor program for this 
year, "win 100,000 boys and gii-ls for Christ and the church 
during the year." 

Consciousness of God 

One of the veiy fi]iest things that can come to us in this 
convention is a renewed consciousness of the presence of God. 
With this renewed consciousness of God we ought to go 
ainong our young people, fearlessly to face every problem 
with a note of victory in every action. I like what ex-Pres- 
ident Roosevelt once said to some American students ; he 
said, "That character was made up chiefly of three elements : 
plain honesty, courage, and common sense." I wonder if we 
parents and officials of the many organizations of the church 
can face our task with these qualifications. Let us be hon- 
est, let us have courage, and dare to venture for God, and 
let us in a common sense way face the great problem of wed- 
ding our young people to the church. It is one thing to have 
them unite with the church organization or any part of the 
church program, but it is quite another to keep them. 

The Purpose of C. E. 

More than forty years ago, our l)eloved, esteemed and 
honored Francis E. Clark conceived the idea that his churcii 
should do something for the young people. The Bible school 
was teaching them but he, looking upon their boundless pos- 
sibilities, saw the need for an organization which Avould 
afford oppoi'tunity for development and real genuine ex- 
pression, preparing them for future leadership in the church. 
The success of the Christian Endeavor organization which 
has come to be world wide is largely due to the fact that 
it had a real purpose for existence ; in other words, it filled 
a need. From the moment of its inception it has been a 
challenging program to young and old alike. This world- 



wide organization of Christian Endeavor presents a program 
tliat is vital. It is both practical and comprehensive. Any 
church can adopt all or part of its policy. There is room for 
all from Juniors to the Alumni. In her matchless Fidelity 
campafgn launched at Portland Oregon in Jul}', 1925, Chris- 
tian Endeavor has a six-fold pi'ogram presented as follows, 
— Worship-Information-Sendce-Reereation Fellowship and 
Organization. Christian Endeavor is growing wherever 
there is a desire to hold up a definite spiritual standard for 
young peoj)le. Christian Endeavor believes that young peo- 
ple need to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as a personal Savior 
and to witness for him in the home life, the community, tKe 
nation and the world. Christian Endeavor believes in the 
importance of daily prayer and Bible stiuly to equip persons 
for life's task. Christian Endeavor exalts the church. She 
challenges young people to a program of Christian living 
and world seiwice. Only where the church has this ideal for 
its young people can Christian Endeavor prosper. 

Our Part 
Now then, you say, what is our part in this large and in- 
viting program. Allow me to say that if you have only a 
half a dozen young people you ought to harness them with 
this program. Thousands of churches of America and the 
world are appealing to the young life through one to four j 
Endeavor societies, actively functioning in the church. Thus 
they are holding and training thousands, who will be the 
churches' future leaders. They will be leaders who have 
cultivated a love for their fellowmen, a prayer life, a passion 
for soul-winning and a spirit for genuine service. Think of 
the staggering task that faces these trained leaders, — 58 mil- 



We unite in celebrating the 

Forty-HEth Anniver'sary 

of the 

CHRISTIAN ENDEAVOR MOVEMENT 

And urge upon our young people cooperation in 

"The Campaign for Fidelity to Christian Endeavor Principles". 

We also commend to our societies 

the claims of the Recognition Fund for 

Dr. and Mrs. Francis E. Clark 

which will provide a loving recognition for them 

while they live, and a perpetual endowment 

for Christian Endeavor in the years to come 



lions not aifiliated with any religious faith. There are ap- 
pi'oximately 25 millions below the age of 25 years not en- 
rolled in any Sunday school. These 25 millions represents 
25 millions ignorant of the Gospel. Chi-istian Iilndeavor is 
the tool at hand to. cope with this situation. It is splendidlv 
versatile. The general frame ^^■ork. the system of officers and 
eomndttees, prayer meetings, socials and study classes, the 
closely articulated and comprehensive unions, plans for adult 
aid and individual strength, denonunational, and interdenom- 
inational guidance; all this is ideal for any phase of relig- 
ious education. 



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In my recent meeting conducted in West Virginia, I 
found through interrogating a number of young folks, school 
teachers, a mission worker and others that in all too many 
of the churches, particularly small town and rural churches, 
there is nothing done for the young people. Permit me to 
say that I had one of the exceptional opportunities of my 
life in preaching day after day to such a large number of 
fine young people, who are waiting to be trained and won 
for the church. One man who was more than seventy years 
of age, said if he could have the desire of his life it would 
be that he might again be young just for the privilege of 
teaching and training his family as he now feels they ought 
to have been trained. 

Recognize the Youth 

Tlie wise pastor will see to it that his young people are 
properly I'ecognized. It is a promising and inspiring period 
nf time between mere cliildhood and manhood. "Rejoice 
young man in thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, 
and in the sight of thine eyes, but know thou, that for all 
these things, God will bring thee to judgment," says Eccle- 
siastes. 

Sympathy ! yes they need our sympathy. Far be it from 
us to ever be out of sympathy with the work of the young 
people in our midst. Parents, God never gave us a greater 
duty than the sacred opportunity of training our children. 
Do you believe it? Youth is the noble seed that springs into 
flowers of worth. Take an illustration from Conwell's famous 
lecture. He tells of a boy who bought a mouth organ for 
twenty-five cents, all the money he had. Unfortunately he 
broke the mouthpiece in half, and not having any more 
money, used his own ingenuity to repair the break, and 
finally succeeded. Tlie result of that and many years of toil, 
is the Estey organ of today — talent developed. Youth of 
today are often very loath to hear the counsel of tho older ; 



like Rehoboam of old they rather choose the younger. We 
should always earnestly pray and seek to lead them by the 
power of the Spirit to choose the things that are real and 
vital. Indeed life is very much like the boy with only one 
arrow for his bow. This life is the one we have to use. We 
need to plan, aim, deliberately and carefully, else we shoot 
our arrow in vain. 

Conserving' 
Isn't it a fact. Brethren, that we have laid the emphasis 
almost entirely upon receiving folks and very little upon 
some definite plan to conserve them ? The young person who 
is brought into the church and actively engaged, with some- 
thing to do in the Bible school or the Christian Endeavor 
may not need to be guarded very heavily. We need to allow 
the young to know that they can be trusted to do things in 
the church. They like action. They are full of life. The 
activity of Christian Endeavor makes it appeal. I believe 
right here is the leakage in too many churches, in that they 
have given the young folks nothing to do except sit still, and 
they are not alloAved to make any noise in doing that. Chris- 
tian Endeavor has been called the training camp where 
young people are trained, educated, and conserved for the 
church that she may have stalwart soldiers of the cross to 
battle with the forces of evil. Follow the churches, my 
friend, that have had a good lively Christian Endeavor work 
and you will not find there a dearth of leadership in the com- 
munity. Neither will you find all the young people sitting 
back with their arms folded. A work that has stood for more 
than forty years, an organization that has enlisted tens of 
thousands in that period, an organization that has reached 
the uttermost pai-ts of the earth , because of its challenging 
program ,is worthy of our most sympathetic support, in lieu 
of the fact that it does so much for the future generation in 
the name of Christ and the church. Bryan, Ohio. 



General Butler is Praised in Sermon on "Law-abiding or Lawless" 



From Hagerstown Morning Herald. 



General Smedley D. Butler was dismissed from the 
Philadelphia police department because he "tried to enforce 
the law without fear of favor," the Rev. G. C. Carpenter 
told a large congregation at tlie First Brethren church last 
night. 

The Rev. Dr. 'Carpenter's statement came in the course 
of a sermon on prosperity. Speaking under the head, "Law- 
abiding or Lawless," he said: 

"It is the duty of every citizen to obey the law. A 
good citizen, speaking of policemen getting drunk, said: 
'Those men have taken the oath of office and ought to 
keep their oath. They ought not only enforce the law but 
they ought to be good examples of law abiding citizens.' 

"In Philadelphia during the last two years. General 
Butler as head of the jjolice force, has tried to enforce the 
law without fear or favor, knowing no rich or poor. Aiid 
the result was that just before Christmas Mayor Kendrick 
dismissed him from office. When General Butler was after 
small fish all went well but when he got after the seven mil- 
lion dollar hotels and said they must obey the law, the 
mayor said : ' Hands off, these are my friends, we grew up 
together, you must not padlock that hotel.' 

"Then Butler said: 'If you will not support me as you 
pledged, I will appeal to Governor Pinchot.' He did appeal 
and the next day he was dismissed from office. 

"Butler said that 16,000 persons were arrested in Phil- 
adelphia during the la.st year for selling liquor but only ten 
per cent were convicted. The police did their duty, he said, 
but the magistrates would not do their duty, neither would 
the district attorney. 

"Governor Pinchot said in a great farewell meeting for 
Butler : ' General Butler, you have not failed ; you have only 
not been allowed' to finish. Criminals big and little rejoice 
at your departure. The friends of law and order through- 
out Pennsylvania and the nation are hurt just as much as 
the cause they love is hurt. I speak with their voice as well 



as my own when I thank you for what you have done for 
this commonwealth.' And every law abiding citizen of the 
United States ought to thank him. We need many more 
General Butler's. 

"A similar condition exists almost everywhere. Only 
the little fish are caught, now and then, in the net of the 
law. The big ones escape. The law can be enforced. The 
majority of the people want the law enforced. But we are 
too easy. We are asleep at the switch and there will be a 
wreck one of these days unless we wake up. and demand law 
enforcement without fear or favor. 

"We ought to live to make the world better by our liv- 
ing in it, but some men seem to be living so they will make 
the world better by getting out of it. Maybe a lot of folks 
could well be spared as we enter the new year. Let nations 
and individuals so live that they may prosper and have suc- 
cess as the Lord measures prosperity and success. 

"The secret of true prosperity and real success," Dr. 
Carpenter said, "is in Joshua 1. 8: 'This book of the law 
shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate 
therein day and night that thou mayest observe to do ac- 
cording to all that is written therein; for then thou shalt 
make thy way prosperous." 

"We call the Bible an open book, but to millions it is 
a closed book as much so as though it were bound with iron 
bands and locked with Yale locks," he added. 

"Too many are living for the outer man and are letting 
the inward man perish. Millions of dollars for cosmetics to 
beautify the body, but the best way to beautify the body is 
by living a godly life. Better throw away the lip sticks and 
use the beatitudes. Better throw away the paint-box and 
rejoice in the beauty that comes by keeping the heart pure 
and the thoughts clean. Better throw away the extreme 
fashions of the world and adorn with the garments of right- 
eousness. Godliness bringe true joy and beauty. 

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Walks and Talks in Holy Places 



(Article No. 4) 



Beauty Spots in the Holy Land 

By Herbert H. Tay 



The entry of the average tourist into the Land of Pales- 
tine might appropriately be termed, "The Great Disappoint- 
ment." One's ideas of the land have been formed by the 
glowing accounts of the land flowing with milk and honey 
mentioned in the Bible, which in turn liave been more highly 
colored by a vivid and idealistic imagination, until the plain 
and prosaic reality is a teiible shock. To be plain, Palestine 
is very dry and uninteresting from the scenic standpoint. 
The Philistine plain is tiresome and monotonous. The Hill 
Country is barren and rocky — even bald in spots. The Sea 
of Galilee is surrounded by barren heat-baked hills. Those 
tourists wliose idealism is only skin-deep soon tire of the 
land, and are eager to get away. 

But to the devout student of the Word of God, — to the 
one to whom the history of 
this land awakens such sacred 
memories — it is the most in- 
teresting and beautiful land 



on eartli. 

Nor is it 
from its 



Iseautiful simply 
historic and sacred 
associations. There are beauty 
spots in the Holy Land that 
are as lovely as any found in 
lands that are famed for their 
l)eanty. The striking contrast 
between them and the dry, un- 
interesting surrounding coun- 
try, only serves to enhance 
their loveliness. Like the old 
master, beautified by the sur- 
rounding daubs of modern am- 
ateurs; like the beautiful gem, 
glistening in splendor when 
surrounded by imitations; so 
the beauty spots of the Holy 

Land stand out in all their beauty, because the.y are sur- 
rounded by such barrenncess and desolation. Let us visit 
three or four of those spots today, and mark well their love- 
liness. 

We shall visit first, a spot which we came upon, quite 
unexpectedly, in the mountains south of the Dead Sea. We 
had been travelling from Kerak, ancient Kir of Moab, in a 
long caravan, down to the Ghor es Safieh south of the Dead 
Sea. The country was, for the most part, desert. In order 
to descend from the plateau of Moab, to the floor of the Dead 
Sea Valley, it was necessai-y to negotiate a very rocky and 
precipitous mountainside, for about three thousand feet. The 
road consisted of little more than a trail, ■^^•hich was barely 
wide enough for the pack animals to retain their footing 
upon. There was practically no soil upon it whatever, it 
being literally paved with sharp and jagged rocks, which 
made it exceedingly difficult for man and beast to walk. We 
let the pack train go first, and as we followed on foot, lead- 
ing our horses — it was impossible to ride upon such a road — 
we noticed many a blood-spot on the larger rocks, and often 
a piece of skin and hair, that had been scraped from the 
bleeding and bruised feet of the animals which were bearing 
the packs. So steep, rocky, and dangerous was the descent, 
that it took us from ten o'clock in the morning until three 
o'clock in the afternoon to negotiate the three thousand feet. 
We were tired and hot, footsore and weary when we 
reached the bottom. But upon arriving there, we came sud- 
denly upon a stream of clear water. How good it looked 
after the heat and toil of the day! While the "mukari" or 
muleteers were pitching the tents and preparing the camp, 
we followed the stream up, to see where it came from. After 




walking about a half mile, we came upon a scene which I 
shall never forget. Our progress was halted by a high cliff, 
that rose sheer from the bottom of the canyon a hundred 
feet or more. At the foot of this cliff was a spring of crystal- 
clear Avater. The cool water was dropping everywhere from 
the fern and moss covered rocks above. This beautiful nook 
was overshadowed by the drooping fronds of graceful palm- 
ti'ees, which formed a beautiful bower in which one could 
lie down and rest. The song of birds was in the air. The 
fragrance of the retem was wafted to our nostrils occasion- 
ally upon the quiet evening air. In the sand at our feet was 
the footprint of a gazelle, that had come to satisfy her thirst 
in the cool waters. Beautiful flowers and grass grew along 
the sides of the stream that flowed from the spring. We 

reveled in the cool shade and 
refreshing water, after our 
hard tiresome descent of the 
past five hours. We sat there 
upon the green grass, drinking 
in the beauties of sight, sound 
and fragrance, with nothing 
to disturb the quietness of the 
secluded nook, save the songs 
of the bird's, and the quiet 
dripping of the water from the 
cool, moss-covered rocks 
above. What a beautiful spot 
it was, and its beautj^ was 
only heightened by its gray 
and somber desert surround- 
ings. 

We shall now turn our foot- 
steps northward, and go to 
the other extreme of the Land 
— to the head of the Jordan 
river. In the valley north of 
the Waters of Merom, the Joi-dan "divides, and becomes 
three heads." One of these, rising on the north-west side of 
Ilermon, is called the Hashbeia branch of the Jordan. An- 
other, arising in the midst of the valley, from an enormous 
spring, is called the Leddan branch. It springs from the 
ground at the site of Dan, the northern boundary of the Land 
in Old Testament times. The third head of the Jordan is 
called the Banias branch, and arises from the foot of Mt. 
Hermon, on the south, at the village of Banais, or Caesarea 
Philippi as it was called in the days of Christ. This spot, 
and its surroundings is one of the Beauty Spots of the Holy 
Laud. 

We approach it from Dan, and even before we get to 
the village, we seem to be walking through a park. Oak 
trees are everywhere, and underfoot are all manner of wild 
flowers. Before we enter the city itself, we hear the roar of 
waters, and come suddenly upon a rushing stream of crystal- 
clear water, overhung with willows and alders. We cross it 
upon an old Roman bridge, and passing through the village, 
we come to the very foot of Mt. Hermon, where the stream 
is bursting forth from the rocks, a full born river. The ice- 
cold water is bubbling from between the rocks in the form 
of a semi-circle, perhaps two hundred feet long. It splashes 
over the rocks, its spray glistening in the occasional patches 
of sunlight which shine through the branches of the over- 
hanging trees, and skirting beds of fragrant mint, it begins 
its headlong descent through the Sea of Galilee, to the Dead 
Sea. Time and space forbid our lingering any longer in this 
beauty spot, though we stayed there for several hours in the 
cool shade when we visited it. 

There is one more spot which we must visit, not only 
because of its beauty, but because of its sacred associations. 



Photo and cut by H. H. Tay 

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It is called by the Arabs, Ain Fara. Very few tourists visit 
it, because it requires a long, hard walk, and few are willing 
to pay the price. Few indeed have ever heard of it. How- 
ever, it is the traditional spot in which David received the 
natural imagery that is ineorijorated in the Twenty-third 
Psalm — the Shepherd Psalm. 

Down in the bottom of a rocky, precipitous gorge, there 
bursts forth — it seems almost out of the solid rock — a 
copious stream of water. It tumbles headlong over an over- 
hanging rock in a beautiful, sparkling, cataract, and spreads 
out into a beautiful, crystal pool, in which the overhanging 
willows and fig trees are mirrored in all their verdant loveli- 
ness. In the pool are numerous fish, darting about like silver 
shadows. The water is cold and clear, and a long satisfying 
draught is welcomed by one who has negotiated the tortu- 
ous descent from the top of the mountain. Not far below 
the source of the stream, the canyon widens, and there is a 
place which is covered with grass. It is. here that the shep- 
herds still bring their flocks that they might quench their 



thirst in the sparkling stream, nibble the succulent grass, or 
rest in the shadow of the mighty rock that overhangs the 
southern side of the canyon. 

Surely it is a place of inspiration, and David might well 
have received his message from God here, when he penned 
the words of that immortal Shepherd Psalm. At best, words 
are inadequate to describe the beauty of the place. Human 
speech is so halting, and the vocabulary so limited, that they 
fall impotent before the impressive and over-aweing gran- 
deur of this scene. 

Let no one disparage the beauty spots of the Holy Land. 
It has scenes of which many another land might well be 
Ijroud. But above all else, it is beautiful to the child of God, 
because of its sacred associations. Even the bare rocks are 
beautiful and sacred to the Christian, for they might well 
have been trodden by the feet of the Savior. And any place, 
and any life, that has enjoyed the presence of the Son of God, 
cannot help but be beautiful. 

La Verne, California. 



THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



One Who Never Changes 

By Homer A. Kent 

TEXT: Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today, and forever. — Hebrews 13:8. 



One bright day when Brother Tay and I were in the 
land of Egypt we determined to go to the edge of the 
Libyan desert to see some of the ancient tombs and pyramids 
of a bygone civilization. We obtained a typical Egyptian 
guide who could speak a little broken English and we set 
out quite early on our tramjj. It was an intensely interesting 
walk that beautiful morning through the rich fields of 
green verdure in the Nile valley. Everywhere in those fields 
the natives were cultivating their crops and tilling the land. 
Camels, donkeys, and oxen were busy serving their masters. 
Men, women, and children alike were at work in character- 
istic oriental fashion. The landscape presented a fascinating 
picture. Here and there were mud villages surrounded by 
date palms which lift their heads majestically to the heavens. 
The long Nile valley stretched away to the north and to the 
south appearing like a hvige green plush carpet. And in con- 
trast on each side of the valley arose the bleak and brown 
cliffs of the desert, forbidding in their aspect. On the wets- 
ern desei't could be seen the pyramids which added wonder 
and romance to our experience. 

We journeyed onward with the pyramids and surroimd- 
ing tombs as our objective. Shortly we approached an unu- 
sually large clump of date palm trees. In the mid.st of them 
our guide bade us stop, and then began to point out some 
strange but obscure ruins. We were told that these were the 
ruins of old Memphis, which at one time was the pride of 
all Egypt. There was the center of trade and commerce for 
Egypt in the day of its great civilization. It was a center 
of learning, of religion, of art and of sculpture. It was the 
capital of united Egypt and possessed of great glory. Bxit 
look at it now! Unless we had had a guide to point them 
out we would have walked right by the ruins of that great 
ancient city. But we walked among the ruins. We saw 
where its once massive buildings had been, where its temples 
had lifted their proud heads and where power w-as irre- 
sistible. But we saw that now not a soul lives there. The 
situation is given over to the habitation of wild beasts, of 
creeping things, and of fowls of the air. Lying here and 
there among the palms were bits of statuary, one especially 
to be remembered was the broken statue of Rameses II. Un- 
til the year 1850 the site of the city had been lost altogether. 
The sands of the desert had so encroached upon it that its 
location was a secret. 

So that day as we pondered these things we said surely 
the writer of the Scriptures was right when he said "Here 



we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come." Then 
from these ruins we walked out to the edge of the desert 
and we looked upon some of the pyramids, tombs of the 
Pharaohs who ruled in that yonder city. They have been 
standing there close to five thousand years, but, alas, the civ- 
ilization which they represent is past and gone and the pyr- 
amids themselves are showing signs of ruin and decay. They 
no longer are objects of beauty, only of wonder and genius. 
Surely a great change has taken place. A profound lesson 
lies there for us to learn, namely, things of time are fleeting. 
Civilizations change, cities fall to ruins, customs alter, the 
scenes of life are ever shifting. Over the vast gateway of 
the deserted city of Futtypore Sikri in northern India is an 
Arabic inscription to this effect. "This world is but a 
bridge; pass over , build not thy dwelling there." These 
words are certainly true but as we read them a tinge of sad- 
ness comes over us. However the antidote for the sorrow 
lies in the eternal truths of the Scriptures which tell us that 
though heaven and earth shall pass away yet the Word of 
God shall abide forever. And among all the changing, de- 
caying scenes of time remains this immutable fact, which 
gleams and sparkles like a diamond in the crown of a king, 
"Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today and forever." 
How wonderful that truth ! There is one who never changes. 
He is always the same. 

I. He is the same in his power. Earthly kings and po- 
tentates rise to great dominion and authority and rule with 
an iron hand for a while. But sooner or later they fall and 
their influence is gone. Napoleon and Bismarck are no 
longer to be reckoned with in world affairs. Men no longer 
bow to them. But Jesus Christ the King of kings and Lord 
of lords shall never lose his power. He is the same. He, 
who was present at the time of creation, who swung the 
stars into space and set the laws of the ages into operation. 
He. who has been the preserver of every existing thing 
throughout the past. He. who came to earth and healed the 
sick, opened the eyes of the blind, and caused the dead to 
rise, he. who with resurrection power said "All authority 
hath been given unto me in heaven and in earth" and glor- 
iously ascended back into heaven from whence he came, he is 
the same and shall be as long as the eternities roll on. And 
when some glad day we shall see him not in a body of humil- 
iation but in a glorified body coming down the meadows of 
the heavens to set up his reign, whose right it is to reign, 
we shall be glad to know him then for he shall bear upon 



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his vesture this name "King of kings and Lord of loi'ds." 
That is Jesus Christ our Lord. To know that he is one of 
such power and that his power never changes helps us to 
know we can trust him. He is able to fulfil his every prom- 
ise for he is the Omnipotent One. 

II. This leads us to the conisderation that Jesus Christ 
is the same yestrdaj', and today and forever in his fidelity. 
He is faithful to his covenant which he has made with his 
people. We can trust him to be true to his Word. Our 
friends sometimes change their minds and do not do as they 
have promised. Sometimes they disappoint us but never 
docs Jesus Christ. He never changes his mind. AVhen once 
he promises a thing he makes it good. He is the Rock which 
caiinot be moved. A young man who, one time was a victim 
of a ship wreck narrowly escaped losing his life but through 
gi'cat effort he succeeded in saving himself. First he got hold 
of a plank that was floating near him. With this aid he suc- 
ceeded in reacliing a rock which lifted its head above the 
surging waters. He remained securely upon that rock until 
he was rescued by a life boat. In relating his experiences 
to a friend he was asked this question, "Did jon shake, Jim, 
when you were on that rock?" "Yes," replied Jim, "But 
the rock didn't." Amid all the infidelity of men, amid our 
own faithlessness and doubting, amid the tempest that surges 
about us when it seems as though our faith is tested to the 
breaking point we can still recognize in Christ the Rock of 
Ages that is never shaken. Upon him our faith is Imilt and 
man cannot destroy its foundations. They are as immutable 
as God. Are you safe upon the Rock today? 

III. Then we come to the blessed truth that Jesus Christ 
is the same yestei'day, and today and forever in his love. He 
loves the world, the saved and the unsaved. 

"Every human tie may pei'ish, 

Friend to friend imgrateful prove, 
Mothers cease their own to cherish, 

Heaven and earth at last remove — 
But no changes 

Can attend the Savior's love." 

"0, no! It is an ever fixed mark 

That looks on tempests and is never shaken ; 
It is the star to every wandring bark. " 

Christ has loved us from all eternity and shall love us 
to all eternity. Away back yonder before the word was 
spoken that brought creation into existence Jesus Christ 
looked forward and loved the sons of men. Even then as he 
saw their fall through sin his heai-t was touched with love 
for them and he became "the Lamb slain from the founda- 
tion of the world." That infinite love Avas proved beyond 
doubt when he left his heavenly home and came to earth to 
lift us from the sinking sands of sin. It was proved when 
he l)ccame a friend to the outcast and the unlovely. It was 
pi'oved upon the cross when he prayed for his murderers. 
"Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." 
It was proved that morning of his ascension when he stood 
on the Jlonnt of Olives and blessed his disciples before he 
stole away to be with his lieavenly Father. No one can 
doubt that his love has been proven. And in tlie presence of 
that love man stands on trial today. Will he appreciate it? 
Will he receive it into his heart ? If he will he shall be pos- 
sessed of a love that shall keep him throughout time and 
eternity, for it never changes. And with that love in the 
heart one can rise up and sing, 

I've found a Friend, oh, such a Friend! 

He loved me ere I knew him ; 
He drew me with the cords of love, 

And tlms he bound me to him. 
And round my heart still closely twine 

Those tics Avhich naught can sever, 
For I am his, and he is mine , 

Forever and forever. 

IV. As a concluding thought let me remind you that 
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever in 
his willingness to save. He is not willing that any should 
perish. He stands today with arms outstretched, pleading 



with the wayward to come to the Father's house. He offers 
himself to all and that means abundant life and joy and 
peace. Can you not hear him as he says, "Him that cometh 
unto me I will in no wise cast out, ' ' or as he earnestly gives 
the invitation "Come unto me all ye that labor and are 
heavy laden and I will give you rest." And as he sees some 
spurning such an invitation so tenderly given he says, "Ye 
will not come unto me that ye might have life." 

Christ's lo^'c for the lost is ever the same and his will- 
ingness to save them, unchangeable. A man may repeatedly 
denounce the callings of the inner voice until finally the ear 
of the heart is deaf but Christ's yearning attitude for the 
unsaved is never altered. He, who offered salvation to the 
outcast woman of Samaria, he, who saved the thief on the 
cross, will save the "chief among sinners" today. He will 
give them something to live for, something to die for, some- 
thnig that will make them new creatures. He will place their 
feet upon the Rock and when the shifting scenes of life have 
shifted for the last time they will still be upon that Rock for 
Christ shall endure and he offers to let us l)e with him for- 
ever. THANKS BE UNTO GOD FOR HUM WHO NEVER 
CHANGES. Washington, D. C. 



®ut Morsblp IproGtam 

A Devotional Reading of Matthew's Gospel 

(Clip and put in your Bible for convenience.) 

MO'NDAY 

THE IjONE revelation OF GOD— Matt. 11:25-30. 

In Jesus Christ alone men are able to see the true char- 
acter of the invisible and otherwise inconceivable God, and 
then only when their minds are child-like in receptiveness. 
And it is only that type, too, who are able to find in him 
their gracious burden-bearer. 

TUESDAY 

DISCIPLE,S ACCUSED OF S'ABBATH DESECEATION 
—Matt. 12:1-8. 

Jewish life was swamped in a mass of petty, senseless 
prohibitions, especially regarding the (Sabbath and the 
Pharisees were jealous for the enforcement of the last one 
of them, and in the pursuit of this purpose they had 
formed the habit of looking for faults in others and of 
putting the worst construction on what they might say or 
do. 

WEDNESDAY 

A work: of mercy on the SABBATH— Matt. 
12:9-21. 

The scrupulous Jews would allow tlie unfortunates to 

suffer hunger, or even to perish on the Sabbath rather than 

break the law by ministering to them, but .Jesus at the 

risk of his life turned it into a day of mercy and service. 

THXTESDAY 

JESUS MALIGNED— Matt. 12:22-.'?2. 

Jesus, accused by the Pharisees of being in league with 
Satan in performing his mighty works, answers them 
most effectively, and then proceeds to warn them against 
persisting in their obstinate way until they have com- 
mitted the fatal sin — the sin against the Holy Spirit. 
PRIDAY 

WORDS A TEST OF CHARACTER— IMatt. 12:-?.'^-37. 

.Tesus, the supreme psychologist, knew how natural and 
inevitable it is for that which is harbored in the mind 
to find expression in words, and that w-hatever the lips 
give expression to, the heart has first conceived. 
SATURDAY 

SIGN .STiEKERS WARNED— Matt. 12:38-42. 

After all that Jesus had wrought and taught, these 
superficial and unbelieving Jews still treated Jesus as a 
mere wonder-worker and woxild be entertained with more 
signs. And what is more surprising, some professeil Chris- 
tians manifest the same attitude today — they are attracted 
by the striking, the strange, the sensational, but they have 
QOt learned to appreciate the spiritual presence of Christ, 
nor the practice of his teachings. 
SUNDAY 

THE INCOMPLETE TRANSACTION— Matt. 12:43-45. 

The .Jewish effort at righteousness by ceremonial cleans- 
ing and the banishing of evil was incomplete and inade- 
quate. "We must emptv bv filling," said Ellice Hop- 
kins. And said Dr. H. L.'Wa'yland, "The Holy Spirit, by 
entering the soul, empties it of evil spirits; and, by 
dwelling in the soul filling it to the utmost, he maintains 
the exclusion of the bad."— G. S. B. 



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OUR DEVOTIONAL 

The Christian's First Duty 

By Dessie M. Hollinger 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

Study to show tliyseli' approved unto God, a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed I'ightly dividing the word of 
truth (2 Tim. 2:15). Seek ye first the kingdom of God and 
his righteousness and' all tJicse things shall be added unto 
you (Matt. 6:33). Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a 
light unto my pathway (Ps. 119 :105). All scripture is given 
by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for re- 
proof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that 
the man of God may be perfect thoroughly furnished unto 
all good works (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). If any man will to do his 
will he shall know of the doctrine (John 7:17). Thy word 
have I hid in mine heart that I might not sin against thee 
(Ps. 119:11). And this is the victory that overeometh the 
world even our faith (1 John 5:4). But grow in grace and 
in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 
Peter 3:18). He said' unto them I have meat to eat ye know 
not of. My meat is to do the will of him that sent me (John 
4:32, 34). If a man love he he will keep my words and my 
Father will love him and we will come unto him and make 
our abode with him (John 14:23). 

OUR MEDITATION 

Man's first duty to his physical body is to feed and 
clothe and exercise it as to keep it in splendid health so that 
he is able to i^erform well the work which he has cho.sen in 
life. The Christian's first duty then is to maintain and de- 
velop that close relationship with God (vastly more impor- 
tant than the care of the physical body) which is absolutely 
I ssential to real Christian living. As well try to grow 
strong bodily without eating as to grow strong spii'itually 
aside from the word of God. To this end, the Christian 
needs daily to feed on Christ who is the Word. When Jesus 
said, "My meat is to do the will of him that sent me," did he 
not teach us a valuable lesson? How shall we know his will 
for us except we search the scriptures with a sincere desire 
to know his plan for our Lives? We have the promise that 
we shall know. Unless our lives arc propei'ly connected with 
God, the great spiritual power house, we are as powerless as 
the trolley ear which is iniable to move unless connection 
with the source of powei- is complete. If we would teach 
and preach the gospel of the kingdom we miist first live it, 
for the life we live is the sermon we preach. Our highest 
aim should be, that one seeing us, .sees not us but Christ in 
us. The only true happiness and satisfaction comes from 
knowing God. When we really know God our will is sur- 
rendered to him. There is a great difference between 
working for God and allowing God to woi'k thi'ough you. 

"Letting go is twice possessing. 
Would you double every blessing, 
Pass it on." 

The surest way then, of living close to God is by careful 
daily study of his Word — the Bible. Someone has said, "It 
contains light to direct you, food to support you, and com- 
fort to cheer joi\. It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's 
staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword and the Chris- 
tian's charter. It should fill the memory, rule the heart and 
guide the feet. It involves the highest responsibility, Avill re- 
ward the greatest labor and will condemn all who trifle Avith 
its sacred contents." Another has said the Bible is a gold 
mine, the richest in the world. 

We need to hide his word in our hearts that we might 
not sin against him, a precious thought. If we memorize por- 
tions of God's word we are armed with the sword of the 
Spirit with which to meet temptation. This was Jesus' meth- 
od when sorely tempted in the wilderness. Another splen- 
did lesson for us. But we must be alert for the tempter is 
quick; and knows our weaknesses. Would that we might give 



ourselves more to the study of the Word and less to the sen- 
sational things of this life. Especially do we say this to our 
yoiuig people. There are different ways to study the Bible 
and if we as Christians desire ' ' To grow in grace and in the 
knowledge of the Lord" we must study it daily, not merely 
read it but study it prayerfully and thoughtfully. Dr. R. A. 
Torrey said a man once asked him to tell him in one word 
how to study his Bible. He replied, "If I must tell you in 
one word how to study the Bible that word is thoughtf idly. " 
Think of what you read. Turn it over in your mind until 
you fully grasp its meaning. 

In con.junction with Bihh' study, prayer is absolutely 
necessary, for prayer helps unlock the treasuries of God 
Prayer is the greatest spiritual instrament in the hands of 
man. The Bible contains numberless examples and exhorta- 
tions to prayer. The gi'catest missionaries of centuries past 
and present are persons ijoted for their devotion to the Bible 
and prayer. Attendance at services of worship and associa- 
tion with strong Christian characters are very imi^ortant aids 
in helping us to live close to him who came that we might 
have abundant life. 

"All of us like to hear fi-om the man who has 'been 
there.' Let any one in a grouj) bi-ing into the general conver- 
sation about a distant land the fact that he has been there, 
and instantly attention tur-ns to him. For surely he knows 
He has had a first-hand experience. So it is in our explora- 
tion of Bible truth. As Sir William Ramsey has said, "The 
man who really knows is the man who has discovered truth 
for himself and not the man who has been taught results.' 
If we know what truth we know because we have gone to its 
source in the Word of God' to knd it, our message will come 
to our Sunday school class witli the same ringing note of 
certitude that brings us to full attention when Paul declares, 
'I know whom I have believed.' Is your knowledge gained 
at first hand? Do you really know what you know?" 

If we live close to our Master, then are we kept from 
dangei's si'cn and unseen and when grievous trials and temp- 
tations come, our feet are guided and our strength sustained, 
then do we know the greatest yty of living here and now and 
"the peace which passeth understanding," Then do our fel- 
lowmen find in us that sympathy and confidence and good- 
will so noted all about us. This is a silent but powerful tes- 
timony to our Lord. And remember, Chi-ist in the heart lived 
out every day in the home is the nughticst force for righ- 
teousness known in the world. 

"We've traveled togethei', my Bil>le and I, 

Through all kinds of weather, with smile or with sigh ; 

In sorrow oi' sunshine, in tempest or calm. 

Thy friendship's unchanging, my lamp, my psalm." 

OUR PRAYER 

Oh, loving Savior, we bring to thee our worship of praise 
and adoration. We thank thee for thy patience with us and 
ask thy forgiveness for our failure to know thee better 
thi'ough thy Woi'd. We beseech thee to teach us through thy 
Holy Spirit how to best study thy Woi'd that we may know 
thee better, be of greater help in winning others to thee and 
in strengthening thy cause and kingdom for Christ's sake. 
Amen. 

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania. 



General Butler is Praised 

(Continued from page B) 

"Ti'ue happiness comes by not the breaking of the law 
but by the keeping of the law. The thief thinks he is happy 
whenhis pockets are full of loot, but he has robbed his soul 
to fill his pocket. The liar thinks he has won out but he 
has lost out. The impure thinks he has found happiness but 
he has sold out to the devil at an awful price. 

"The bootlegger thinks himself rich but he is only a 
low down criminal, maybe rich in dollars, but a pauper in 
character. He is a law-breaker and deserves to be branded 
as such, and should pay the penalty." 



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Editor's Select Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

{Lesson for February 14) 
Jesus the Good Shepherd 



Scripture Lesson — John 10:1-30. 

Printed Text— John 10:1-5, 11-16. 

Devotional Reading — Psalm 23. 

Golden Text — I am the good shepherd: the 
good shepherd layeth down his life for the 
sheep. — John 10:11. 

IJJSSON LIGHTS 

Shepherd Life in Palestine was most famil- 
iar to those to whom Jesus spoke. "The hills 
of Palestine were covered with flocks of sheep, 
and many families had some of their members 
as caretakers of the sheep. Then, too, their 
great king, David, had been a shepherd, and 
their greater lawgiver, Moses, had spent forty 
years of his life as shepherd near Mount Sinai, 
so what he said to them about shepherd and 
sheep had no strange sound. They all know 
the characteristics of the good shepherd, and 
the needs of the sheep." 

The 'Shepherd and the Fold 
The sheepfolds of the East, while there are 
sometimes within them low, flat buildings for 
shelter in severe weather, are "not covered 
buildings like our stables, but mere enclosures 
surrounded by a wall of loose stones with 
thorn bushes upon the top, or a palisade, but 
usually an effectual barrier aganist the 
wolves." — Van Lennep. "One such fold serves 
for a large ditsriet. To this the shepherds 
load their flocks at night. When the flocks 
have been carefully counted, sheep by sheep, 
as they enter, the door of the fold is fa.stened, 
and the fold is guarded all night by the porter. 
There are prowling Bedouins, whose trade is 
sheep stealing, but the porter will not let them 
in. He will only let a shepherd in. In the 
morning each shepherd calls his own sheep 
forth. They recognize his voice, and follow 
him as he goes before them." — Condensed 
from Canon Tristram, Eastern Customs in 
Bible Lands. 

The sheepfold is an emblem of liberty. Once 
belonging to the flock anil to the fold, the dis- 
ciple can go in and out under the care of the 
shepherd, and everywhere be safe, and have 
freedom of activity for all his powers. Exer- 
cise is as needful to the Christian as food. 
Wherever there is help, or blessing, or wider 
vision, through all the realms of knowledge, 
literature and science, through the most heav- 
enly transfiguration experiences, through the 
trials tliat purify the battle that ennoble by 
victories, there the sheep may go under the 
care and protection of the good shepherd. 

A Fold and a Door have their double value. 
They shut in what is good, and they shut out 
what is bad. This is true of the individual 
heart; it is true of the h ome; it is true of 
the church. The door is an emblem (1) of ad- 
mitting the right persons; (2) of shutting out 
enemies and dangers; {?,) of protection; (4) of 
hospitality. 

A traveler in Palestine was talking with a 
shepherd about the fold. "But where is the 
door?" he asked. "Door?" said the shep- 



herd; "I am the door! I lie across the en- 
trance at night. No sheep can pass out, no 
wolf come in, except over my body." 
The Good Shepherd 

' ' 1. The good shepherd loves his sheep. In 
the East there is a kind of personal friend- 
ship between shepherd and sheep. He is with 
them all day, and he learns their peculiarities. 
He even gives them names, and as he calls 
them by name they come to him. They are a 
part of his family and are near his heart. In 
this respect Jesus is like the shepherd, for he 
loves those whom he calls his sheep. 

"2. The good shepherd will be ready, if 
need be, to die for Ms sheep. When David 
saw the lion and the bear coming down on 
his flock he gladly risked his life for them. 
In the East there are many dangers that assail 
the sheep, and the shepherd always stands 
ready to fight for his flock. In this respect, 
too, Jesus is like a good shepherd in that ho 
came to this world to give his life a ransom 
for his own. He knew when he came that he 
would have to do this, but that did not make 
him .shrink from his errand of mercy. 

"3. The good shepherd seeks out his lost 



sheep and caries them safe back to the fold. 
It may be that he has to go far and search 
out the poor sheep on the cold mountains, but 
he goes all the same. Here, too, Jesus is like 
the good shepherd, for does he not seek out 
those who are lost?" 

Calleth Them by Name 

"I asked my man if it was usual in Greece 
to give names to the sheep. He informed me 
that it was, and that the sheep obeyed the 
shepherd when he called them by their names. 
Passing by a flock of sheep I asked the shep- 
herd the same question which I had put to my 
servant, and he gave me the same answer. I 
then bade him call one of his sheep. He did 
so, and it instantly left its pasturage and its 
companions and ran up to the hand of the 
shepherd with signs of pleasure and a prompt 
obedience. It is also true of the sheep in this 
country, that a stranger they will not follow, 
but will flee from him, for they know not the 
voice of strangers. The shepherd told me that 
many of his sheep are still wild: for they had 
not yet learned their names, but that by teach- 
ing they would all learn them." 

Christ loves us as individuals, not merely as 
a part of humanity. No one but a divine Sav- 
ior, omniscient and omnipresent, could know 
all his disciples by name, and be present 
everywhere to hear their prayers and grant 
them aid. — From the Illustrated Quarterly. 



Current Events in the Sunday Schools of Egypt 



The American United Presbyterian Mission 
in Egypt organized a Summer Training School 
for Teachers at Assiut. The S'abbath School 
Committee of the Synod of the Nile requested 
that one day be devoted to a study of Sab- 
bath school methods and ideals. Experienced 
leaders were invited to present the various 
sulijects. The General iS. S. Committee for 
Assiut district met at Assiut College and 
more than 1200 pupils attended a rally meet- 
ing which was arranged by the Committee. 
This series of meetings was addressed by 
iSheikh Metry S. Dewairj^, Field Secretary of 
the World's Sunday School Association and 
Associate Editor of the two weekly papers 
published by the Mission. 

The following account is given by Sidky 
EfTendi Hanna, one of the Egyptian College 
teachers who was present: "On hearing of the 
coniing of Sheikh Metry S'. Dewairy for the 
annual conference, delegates from all districts 
flooded Assiut. Their purpose was to gain 
strength from the meetings, to enable them to 
engage in personal evangelism and change the 
sad conditions of child life in their villages 
and towns. On Saturday Eev. Tawfik Salih 
and Zaki Effendi Fara spoke, the former on 
the Sunday school movement in America and 
the latter on Street Sabbath schools in Assiut. 
These addresses were followed by question — 
time, when Sheikh Metry gave forceful and 
interesting replies to all the points raised. 

' ' Later in the day iSheikh Metry delivered 
inspiring messages to the Students' Union in 
the Wissa High School, the Assiut College 
Preparatory and Secondary Schools and in the 



Y. M. C. A. If we do not hear another ad- 
dress to the end of the year we have sufficient 
food for thought and sufficient personal in- 
spiration from this group of meetings." 



Daily Vacation Bible Schools in 
Korea 

Two hundred and forty-eight Dailj' Vacation 
Bible Schools were conducted in Korea last 
j'ear. The attendance totaled 23,856. Of 
these 11,873 were boys and 11,983 were girls. 
In these schools 1,109 young men and 894 
women taught throughout the course. Most of 
these instructors were young people and many 
were Christian students from the various 
schools. The course of study was predomi- 
nantl ythe Bible and such schools were con- 
ducted in every province of Korea. Already 
well-laid plans are being matured to have 
more and even better Daily Vacation Bible 
Schools during the coming summer. 

The schools are conducted under the direct 
leadership of the Korean Sunday School Asso- 
ciation with the cooperation of the World's 
Sunday Schoil Association and the Interna- 
tional Association of Daily A^acation Bible 
Schools. Mr. Russell Colgate is the President 
of the latter organization and Mr. Thomas S. 
Evans, S'uperintendent. The International 
Association of Daily Vacation Bible Schools 
is now affiliated with the World's Sunday 
School Association in carrying on Bible Vaca- 
tion schools in what is called the foreign mis- 
sion field and Mr. Evans has become a mem- 
ber of the World's Association staff. 



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J. A. GABBER, President 

Ashland, Ohio 

K. D. BARNARD, Associate 

Mansfield, Ohio 



Our Young People at Work 

(Young People's Topics in The Angelas by Thobum C. Lyon.) 



GLADYS M. SPICE 

General Secretai-y 

2301 13th St., N. E., 

Canton, Ohio 



Why Brethren Young People 

Should Participate in the 

Essay Contest 

By Elizabeth Haun, '28, Ashland 
College 

(Note — Miss Haun is one of the prize win- 
ners of two years ago, which fact makes her 
appeal to Brethren young people all the more 
challenging. — J. A. Garber). 

The Essay Contest, as presented to many of 
the Brethren young people by students of 
Ashland College returning homo for Christmas, 
is a contest for Juniors and Senior High 
School students on various subjects concern- 
ing education in a Christian college. Partici- 
pation in this contest is a great opportunity 
for the young people of the church. 

It is an opportunity for self development. 
Those who participate are not only presenting 
new thoughts to others but they are storing 
away much knowledge for themselves. Their 
ideas are given opportunity for expression. 
The manuscripts do not have to be in till the 
first of May, thus affording the contestants 
ample time to collect, discriminate, and weigh 
the subject matter. Then after all available 
information has been secured and digested, 
the participants must formulate their ideas 
expressing them to the best of their ability. 

The best of these efforts are to be rewarded. 
This should have a great signiflcanee to all 
contestants. It should fill them with enthu- 
siasm and should make them eager to do their 
best and to make their best the best. They 
should have a burning desire to win. The 
awards are not small but of great moment. 
The participant's whole outlook on life may 
be changed, broadened, and enlarged, for to 
some the winning may mean a year of college 
education which otherwise they could not have 
afforded. The value of a year of college edu- 
cation cannot be overestimated. 

Do not forget about this contest. All those 
who are eligible should feel it their duty as 
well as their privilege to participate and 
make the winners real winners. Don't get 
discouraged and after e.xpending much energy 
and time fail to enter your manuscript. Get 
into the spirit and do your best. Bemember 
the importance of participating in this essay 
contest and make a hard race for the decision. 



A CHANGE OF VIEW 

"The sending of missionaries into our 
eastern possessions is the maddest, most ex- 
pensive, most unwarranted project that was 
ever proposed by a lunatic enthusiast," was 
what the British East India Company said at 
the beginning of the nineteenth century. 

"In my judgment Christian missionaries 
have done most lasting good to the people of 
India than all other agencies combined," was 
what the British Lieutenant Governor of Ben- 
gal said at the close of the nineteenth cen- 
tury. 



The Things that Count 

Not what we have, what we use; 
Not what we see, hut what we choose — • 
These are the things that mar or bless 
The sum of human happiness. 

The things near by, not things afar; 
Not what we seem, but what we are — 
These are the things that make or break. 
That give the heart its joy or ache. 

Not what seems fair, but what is true; 
Not what we dream, but good we do — 
These are the things that shine like gems. 
Like stars, in Fortune's diadems. 

Not as we take, but as we give; 

Not as we pray, but as we live — 

These are the things that make for peace, 

Both no'w and after time shall cease. 

— Clarence Urmy. 



JUNIOR ENDEAVOR 

By Virginia Haun 



( Topic for Februa ry 14) 

Joseph who Carried the Torch to 
Egypt. Genesis 45: 1-7 

This week we have our second lesson about 
torch bearers. You remember the first lesson 
concerning torch bearers was a month ago and 
the man we studied about was Abraham. Do 
you remember that we thought about the 
qualities that lighted the torch so brightly 
when Abraham was carrying it? You know a 
torch is used to carry light and so we decided 
that the light of Abraham's torch was his 
faith and his obedience. This time we are 
going to think about the torch being carried 
by Joseph. 

I wonder if you are well acquainted with 
Joseph. Do you know whether Joseph was the 
only child, or if he had some brothers? Well, 
he had eleven brothers and all but one of 
them was older than he was. You would think 
that he would have had a very happy time be- 
ing entertained and looked after hy that many 
brothers, wouldn't you? He did not, though, 
for he did not get along well with his brothers 
and they did not love him as brothers should. 
Did you ever see one little boy making fun of 
another little boy just because he had gotten 
a higher grade, in spelling? Or did you ever 
hear one little girl say to another, "The teach- 
er likes me better than she does you, for she 
let me walk home with her"? We call peo- 
ple who talk like that boasters. Now, that is 
what Joseph did. He boasted to his brothers 
because he dreamed that he was going to be 
greater than they were. We are sorry Joseph 
acted like that, for he had important work 
to do when he grew up and we would rather 
that he had not been a boaster when he was a 
boy. I suppose you know the story of the 
way in which his brothers punished him for 
trying to act important. They took him one 



day, when he came to them quite a distance 
from home and sold him to some people who 
were passing by. Was not that an awful 
thing for brothers to do? When they went 
home, these boys protended that some wild 
animal had eaten their little brother and thai 
made their father very sad for he loved 
Joseph. So, this is the way that Joseph went 
to Egypt, for that is the place that the peo- 
ple were going, to whom Joseph was sold. 

We started out to talk about the things that 
made Joseph 's torch shine so brightly, but so 
far we have only talked about the things he 
did that were wrong. I guess you are wonder- 
ing how anyone that did bad things could 
carry u torch that is to be lighted by good 
things. The reason is this, Joseph, just like 
we boys and girls, was made up of both good 
and bad qualities. We can be glad we have a 
Savior to help us overcome our bad points and 
that as we overcome our bad points we are 
strengthened in our good points. 

In Egypt, Joseph became very important 
The king trusted him and gave him important 
work to do. Joseph was a person who trusted 
in God and whom people could trust. So, you 
see trust was one of the qualities that lighted 
his torch. When he was far away from his 
family, in the land of strangers who did not 
believe in God, he still thought a lot about 
God and trusted in him. If we trust in God 
and try to do what we think will please him 
we will be boys and girls that people can trust 
like Joseph was. 

The second quality that lighted Joseph's 
torch was forgiveness. One day after Joseph 
had been in Egypt for a long time and had 
become so important that he was helping the 
king to sell the food to the people, Joseph's 
brothers came down to Egypt to buy some 
food. Joseph recognized them but they did 
not recognize him. You see it had been a 
long time since the day that they had sold 
him. He was just a little boy when that hap- 
pened, and now he was a man. No wonder 
that they did not recognize him. At first, he 
did not tell them who he was. However, after 
a certain length of time, he told them that he 
was their brother and then, do you suppose 
that he remained angry at them for the wicked 
way that they had treated him? That would 
have been an easy thing to do, but it is not 
what Joseph did. Instead, he forgave them 
and all his family moved down to Egypt and 
lived near him. Now, you see why I said that 
Joseph 's torch was lighted both by Trust and 
by Forgiveness. 

(Shall we light our torches with these twc 
qualities, Trust and Forgiveness? I think 
that would be a very nice thing for us to do. 
Let us try it. 

Daily Readings 
M., Feb. 8 Joseph the boaster. Gen. 37:5-11. 
T., Feb. 9 Joseph hated. Gen. 37:12-20. 
W., Feb. 10 Joseph's despair. Gen. 37:23-28. 
T., Feb. 11 Joseph in prison. Gen. 39:20-23. 
K, Feb. 12 Joseph honored. Gen. 41:37-44. 
S., Feb. 13 Joseph forgives. Gen. 50:15-21. 

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(Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOXnS S. BAXnMAN, 

rinajicial Secretary Foreign Board 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California. 



MISSIONS 



Send Home Missioniary Funds to 

WILLIAM A. GEAKHAKT, 

Home Missionary Secretary, 

1106 American Savings Bldg., Dasrton, Ohio. 



The Office Secretary's Letter 



"The Sky-Parlor," Long Beach, Calif. 
February 3, 1926. 
Dear Members of the F. M. S.: 

Your Office Secretary has just been reading 
a letter from Miss Elizabeth Tyson, one of 
those "called-out" ones from the Philadelphia 
church. Like all our missionaries to Africa, 
Miss Tyson is in love with her work, and 
praises the Lord for the privilege of being his 
"ambassador" over there. She said in one of 
her letters that she might some daj' come back 
to Philadelphia on a visit, but Africa was her 
chosen country and the place where she found 
untold and unbelievable joy and content. You 
know, there is a verse in our Book somewhere 
that .says, "Strength and gladness are in his 
place", and that is the reason why one can 
be filled with "joy unspeakable and full of 
glory ' ' even though thousands of miles away 
from home and friends! One is conscious, 
deep down in her heart of hearts that she is 
' ' in his place ' ' for her. 

But Miss Tyson says in this letter: "We 
were out in the brush for one week, and the 
Lord gave us a blessed time, telling those who 
had never heard before the wonders of his 
love. We had the opportunity of speaking to 
crowds, and many, many of them accepted the 
Lord Jesus Christ. But the sad part of the 
story is that perhaps they will not hear the 
Word again inside of another year. I think 
this is the hardest part of a missionary's life. 
One gets out and sees the great need, and then 
realizes that we are human, and can only do 
a little. But then, I want to be farithful in 
the little that I can do, for I know that the 
Lord alone can give the increase." 

Are you, dear Member of the F. M. S. read- 
ing these words, burnt up with the desire 
"to be faithful in the little that I can do," 
knowing that the Lord alone can gi\c the in- 
crease? 

Hero is a very practical way in which you 
can be "a home missionary", when the Lord 
has not called you to a foreign land. Select a 
missionary (you will find thoir names and ad- 
dresses listed on the back of "The Brethren 
Missionary") and write to that one. Tell her 
(or him) that you want to he a fellow-helper 
by prayer. It will not only be an untold bless- 
ing to your missionarj"- to receive your letter 
;ind be assured of your interest and support, 
but it will be "joy unspeakable" to you when 
you see your Father God answer your prayers 
"according to his riches in glory by Christ 
.Tcsus"! Our Lord himself has said, "What- 
soever yc shall ask in my name, that will I 
do, that the Father may be glorified in the 
Son." It is just like having a blank check 
signed by the only son of a fabulously wealthy 
father. We can, without doubt or hesitancy, 
draw on our Father God, in the Name of his 
Son, for the work of our missionaries and the 
salvation of the precious souls for whom 
Christ died, for wc know that our mission- 
aries are among "the called according to his 



purpose," and we know that "The Lord * * 
* * is not willing that any should jjerish, 
but that all should come to repentance." 

S'o do it now! This very day, start your 
letter on its way! Ask not to be told the 
pleasant and amusing things, but the 
"things hard to be understood," the things 
that bruise and cut to the very heart of 



your missionary — that you may be a real fel- 
low-helper together by prayer ! 

Yours in the Master's Service, 
THAT OFFICE 6ECEETARY. 
P. iS. — Members of the Board are also re- 
quested to read and heed. Your missionaries 
know you each personally and a letter from 
a personal friend means so much when one 
is thousands of miles from home! (From one 
who knows.) 



A Banker's Verdict on Christian Missions 



F. W. Stevens is a prominent business 
man in the Orient whose headquarters were 
in Peking while he represented international 
banking interests negotiating for the Con- 
sortium loan authorized at the Paris Peace 
Conference. He had time to study China, 
with unique opportunities to see the inside, 
and to study conditions with the eyes and 
mind of a hard-headed American banker. 

When Mr. Stevens addressed the faculry 
and students of the Peking Union Medical 
College and all Peking took notice and the 
"Peking Express" carried a report of it in 
full. Having evidently been stirred up by 
anti-religious agitation the speaker devoted 
his attention to religion as a factor in the 
development of China, and rendered a clear- 
cut tribute to the work of the Christian mis- 
sions. 

"I do not speak as a religious man, only 
as an American bu.siuess man who has be- 
come deeply interested in China. My re- 
marks will be the first I have ever made 
upon a religious subject," said Mr. Stevens. 

After discussing the place of religion in 
the life of any nation, Mr. S'tevcns turned to 
Christian missions and said: 

"Now and then I hear reputable foreign- 
ers in China — I am not now speaking of the 
excessively intellectual clas.s — express the 
opinion that the Christian missions are not 
helping China. The Christian missionaries 
have long been about this, I am told, but 
have allowed the statements to go largely 
unnoticed. Perhaps it is time that something 
be said by laymen on the subject. 

"These remarks are made by people not 
particularly interested in nor familiar with 
mission work. They have not investigated 
and they draw conclusions from misinforma- 
tion. When I hear a man express such an 
opinion, I want to be a lawyer again and 
have the privilege of asking him questions. 
T want to ask him: 

"What do you really know about the 
work of the Christian mi.ssions in China? 

"How many of their twenty-four Y. jr. C. 
A city centers or their twelve Y. W. C. A. 
centers and eighty student associations, how 
many of their many schools, .icadeMies, col- 
leges and universities, workshop and hospi- 
tals, churches and Sunday schools and other 
places of activity have you investigated or 
even visited? 

"With how many Christian missionaries 
themselves have you talked seriously about 



their work? Or with how man}' Chinese who 
know about such activities'? 

"Have you read any is.sue of the China Mis- 
sion Year Book that tells about them? 

' ' Do j'OU know what is being done in the 
cities of China through homes for boys and 
homes for girls, and otherwise, by the Salva- 
tion Army, a great and worthy Christian mis- 
sionary organization? 

"Do you know of anything more repulsive 
than Chinese beggar women and do you know 
that it is educated, genteel Christian mission- 
ary women who are little by little getting 
them and their children off the streets, clean- 
ing them and getting them into self-supporting 
condition? 

"Do you know that about 80 per cent of 
the Chinees people are farmers; with about 
50,000,000 farm holding; that they arc back- 
ward in methods; that their position in respect 
to adecjuate food supply and articles to be sold 
in foreign markets is threatened; that about 
85 per cent of China's exports are products of 
the soil; and that Christian mission institu- 
tions are doing nearly all that is being at all 
for their economic as well as their si:iiritual 
and social welfare. 

' ' Do you know a single thing about the im- 
portance of agriculture in the yearlj- x>rogram 
of the missionary organizations — about soil 
fertility, plant diseases, seed selection, animal 
husbandry, as they relate to Christian mission- 
ary efforts in China? Do you know of the 
missionary work in sanitation and health pro- 
motion, or in helloing to rid China of the aw- 
ful narcotic curse? 

"Do you know that there are about 236,000 
Chinese children in missionary day schools, 
not counting the 190,000 in the Roman Cath- 
olic schools, and that most of them would have 
no schooling but for the missionary schools? 

"Do you know that the Chinese modern sys- 
tem of education in China began with the 
^^■ork of the Chinese mission teachers, and 
that modern medicine was mediated to China 
by the Christian medical missionaries? 

"Do you know that China was devoid of 
anything resembling modern hospitals and 
trained nur.scs until they resulted from mis- 
siinary effort; and that now there are over 300 
mission hospitals in China, nearly 100 of which 
are conducted on approximately modern stand- 
ards with up-to-date equipment and nursing; 
and that there are few cities in China having 
even one such Chinese hospital which is of 
non-missionary origin? 

"Do you know that although leprosy has 
existed in China from time immemorial and 
there are now estimated to be 400,000 in 
China, the first leper hospital or asylum was 
established by a missionary societj'?" 

"Do you know that there was never in 
China a hospital or asylum for the insane until 
one was provided by missionaries? 

"Do you know the missionary type? Do 
you know with what respect and confidence 
the people within the range of the missions 
have come to regard the missionaries; and 



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that they are advisers and friends to the 
whole community in all kinds of trouble? 

"Have you some better way than the one 
followed by the Christian missionaries for im- 
planting into the minds of the Chinese masses 
ideas of right living that will help uplift 
China? 

"Do you know of a single organized activ- 
ity in China, on a scale of importance, that 
aims at moral improvement or that is calcu- 



lated to bring it about, and that is not trace- 
able in its origin to the Christian missions? 

"Careless talkers with little or no learn- 
ing about Christian mission work in China, 
go home, and, wishing to seem wise on all 
things pertaining to China, express their 
opinions about the ineffectiveness of th'i 
Christian missions. It is a common mistake 



in foreign lands to regard all firmer resi- 
dents of China as oracles upon all mattjvs 
Ijertaining to China and the Chinese; while 
in fact there are hundreds of foreigners ;n 
China who arc as ignorant of the rea) facts 
ab)Lit Christian missions in Oiiina 'iS if they 
had ne\er come to China." — I''rom lUo Chris 
tian Advocate. 



NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



FLOKA, INDIANA 

The Burnworths left us the middle of Sep- 
tember for Ashland, Ohio. We sure missed all 
of them, also their talent and ability in leader- 
ship. However, after some time we were able 
to secure Kev. Frank G. Coleman, of Sunny- 
side, Washington, as our new pastor. He, with 
his family, moved here the first of November. 
It wasi at this time that he preached his initial 
sermon one evening. He then proceeded with 
his evangelistic campaign until December 6th, 
at which time he commenced his regular 
duties heie. On the date mentioned above we 
held our Rally Day service. A fine program 
was rendered with a big basket dinner at the 
noon hour. It was a real get-acquainted meet- 
ing for our new pastor and his fine family. Our 
attendance wasn't as large as we anticipated 
(225) but considering the stormy day that wo 
had the number that did venture out in spite 
of the weather, was very commendable. 

The Sunday .school is steadily gaining under 
the capable leadership of Lee Myer. We are 
hoping to soon have an average attendance of 
200 and the realization of our hopes seems to 
be only a matter of time as we are coming 
very close to the mark. 

The W. M. S. is still doing a great work, 
having this year made something like $2,446.- 
92. Some may wonder how it was done. If 
you care to know the secret just write to 
Flora and we will be glad to inform you of the 
particulars. 

The prayer meetings are increasing in at- 
tendance and enthusiasm with each meeting. 
As a matter of fact, if the increase continues, 
the class will have to convene in the main 
auditorium of the church. Any one who knows 
anything about Flora knows that is saying a 
great deal. At the present time plans are 
under way for a big revival beginning Sun- 
day, January 10th. Mr. and Mrs. John Long 
of Inglewood, California, are to lead us in 
song. We hope to be able to send a glowing 
report of this campaign in the near future. 
Pray for us in the coming, weeks that all may 
do a work in his sight to whom we will give 
all praise and honor. 
CARRIE ZINN, Corresponding Secretary. 



OAK HILL, WEST VIRGINIA 
"The Switzerlam-d. of America" 
Our editor is giving us a splendid paper, 
but it looks as though we pastors will soon 
expect him to write the field notes. Person- 
ally I think that the part of the paper de- 
voted to reports from the field ought to be a 
thermometer in a way to denote activity in 
the various congregations. About the only 



way to tell whether some congregations are 
among those still at work is to look in the 
Annual once a year. A pastor never gets too 
busy to report occasionally, and whether ho 
really desires to do it or not he owes it to 
the rest of the brotherhood. Now do not 
blame the above on the editor, he did not 
suggest it to the writer. 

We are still hammering away here in the 
mountains of the Southland and not witliout 
progress. Since the last report we appomted 
a program committee to prepare the pro- 
grams for the prayer meeting. This is qirtc 
a help when they do not forget to function. 
Our praj'er meeting is held each Thursday 
evening for one-half hour preceding our 
Bible study class. We are studying the 
Gospel of John with a splendid interest. We 
have also taken up the study at Salem with 
a good attendacne. We have a total of about 
seventy-five or eighty present each week at 
both places for the study. I have been do- 
ing the teaching. 

Two members have been received into the 
church since the last report. There are 
others awaiting baptism. At the Christmas 
season an offering was taken at Salem for the 
White gift. An offering was taken at Oak 
Hill, but instead of sending it to be used 
elsewhere we used it for needy among the 
people of Oak Hill. 

The work of the Sunday school and churcdi 
is moving along smoothly with a good inter- 
est and attendance. One thing that has both- 
ered other churches in this community has 
not bothered us quite as much, and that is 
the Sunday school leaving almost in a body 
at the colse of the session. While we work 
for the Sunday school, we have not put it 
ahead of the church. The attendance is in- 
creasing for the preaching services, and 
while the Brethren church has stood well 
here in the public eye, we are more firmly 
and substantially grounded than ever before. 
Expression is common among the outside peo- 
ple regarding the hearty cooperation and 
spirit of the Brethren if Oak Hill. Our peo- 
ple are already planning for the District 
conference at Roanoke this summer and the 
General Conference at Winona. Brother 
Jim Duncan is teaching singing at S'alem and 
Brother Sam Duncan is teaching a class at 
Oak Hill. We are planning for the Duncan 
Brothers' Quartette to attend the Conference 
at Winona. We have missed one of our reg- 
ular attendants this winter, our aged Broth- 
er A. B. Duncan. He is not able to leave 
the house and has not been able to be on the 
street since the meetings last fall. He is 
approaching his eighty-fourth milestone, but 



we are hopeful that when the spring time 
comes he will be spared to be with us again. 
While physically weak he is alert mentally 
and we discuss and plan the work of the 
church. We occasionally take our prayer 
meeting to him which he very much appre- 
ciates. 

We are interested in the work of the 
brotherhood and are doing what we can to 
heap in this needy field. The Oak Hill 
Brethren church is not sacrificing one princi- 
ple of the Old Book, but stands iirm for the 
Whole Gospel when there is a tendency to 
cut loose in the town. 

FREEMAN ANKRUM, Pastor. 



NO'EITH VANDERGEirT, PENNSYLVANIA 

At a recent business meeting of this con- 
gregation the writer was chosen correspond- 
ent for the Evangelist, so we must get busy. 

We united with the local churches in the 
week of prayer with considerable pleasure_ 
and benefit to ourselves. 

All the regular services show an increase 
in attendance and interest. 

The Bible school is nearing the one hun- 
dred mark, now having three organized sen- 
ior and adult classes, and what is more, shows 
real interest and advancement in the study of 
the Word. 

This has increased our need for more room 
and has been met by a loyal effort on the 
part of all. One hundred dollars cash and 
considerable work on the part of our men 
and we now have room for two classes apart 
from the main school. This also gives us a 
room for our Juniors who, under the wise 
leadership of our good Sister Remple are 
learning much of God's Word and plan and 
have become a source of joy and insj>iration 
to all 

Brother and iSister Remple have been with 
us now a year and have at considerable sac- 
rifice on their part given themselves whole- 
heartedly to the work here, and now with 
some help from our District Mission Board 
are starting on their second year. At the 
regular morning service recently six persons 
souls came forward and publicly accepted 
Christ and another did the same after the 
Sunday evening service. Our special evange- 
listic services begin this week with Brother 
M. O. Witter of Kittanning as evangelist. 

We ask the prayers of the Evangelist 
family that great benefit may result from 
this effort. 

B. F. BUZARD, Correspondent. 



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BEPOET TROM THE TIEST BRETHREN 
CHURCH or PITTSBURGH TOR PUB. 
UCATION IN "THE BRETHREN 
EVANGELIST" 
Wo are happy to ouce again liavo the priv- 
ilege of having another news-letter go for- 
ward from the Pittsburgh church to the read- 
ers if the "Evangelist." 

About two months ago wo acquainted the 
readers of the "Evangelist" through those 
columns of the improvements in the Pitts- 
burg church which had been authorized by 
the membership and which were about to be 
started. It gives us great pleasure to say 
that these improvements have been complet- 
ed and our newly improved church held a 
Re-dedication Service last Sunday, January 
24th. Coincidcutly with this occasion, Janu- 
ary 23rd marked the 3lith anniversary if the 
organization of our beloved church in Pitts- 
burgh, and the' olVicials of the crurch deemed 
it wise that a combination Re-dodication 
Service and 36th Anniversary of the Organi- 
zation of the church should be observed. 

The occasion last Sunday passed into his- 
tory recorded as a great success. Ilhe excel- 
lent program which had been arranged was 
everything that could be hoped for in the 
way of impressiveness. I am sure the heart 
of every member beat a bit faster "with the 
pride of being connected with the Pittsburgh 
Brethren church. The main auditorium of 
the church was filled, and every one present 
was instilled with the spirit of the occasion. 

The now entrance is a much-needed im- 
provement. The new lights marking the en- 
trance conspicuously point the church out to 
. the passers-by. The new lighting system in 
the main auditorium is excellent. The heat- 
ing system is also much improved. 

But, in order not to make this report un- 
duly lengthy, we must pass on: The annual 
business meeting of the church was held on 
Wednesday evening, January 13th. Officers 
to serve our church for the ensuing year 
were elected. Our own beloved Rev. Lynn 
was re-called to serve us for another year. 
No wiser choice could have been made. Wo 
repeat here what wo said in our last newslet 
ter: No better pastor could have been found. 
The folliwing excerpt from the minutes of 
the annual business meeting is eloquent sub- 
stantiation of the esteem in which we hold 
Rev. Lynn: 

"The calling of a pastor for the ensuing 
year was held. The judge of the election de- 
clared that he would not request Rev. Lynn 
to retire during the calling of a pastor, as is 
the usual custom. He further asked all mem- 
bers in favor of electing Rev. Lynn as pas- 
tor for the ensuing year to stand. The call 
was unanimous « » * Rev. Lynn at this point 
responded to the call of the church with a 
few well chosen remarks, bespeaking the con- 
tinued cooperation of the member.ship, and 
pledging his best efforts throughout the com- 
ing year. Elder Gans with a few remarks 
stated that we should likewise pledge our- 
selves to the support of the church and the 
pastor, and requested every one to stand in 
a pledge of that character while he made a 
short prayer." 

We also take the liberty of quoting certain 
remarks from the pastor's annual report 



which he made at the annual business meet- 
ing above referred to: 

"A backward glance over the year shows 
much activity, earnest campaigning, arduous 
efforts, consequently some victories. 

"The past year says that the church ac- 
quitted herself splendidly financially. More- 
over, monies for current expenses, salaries 
and necessary repairs and improvements have 
been met promptly. 

"If each one will do his bit. 

The work will not come behind one whit; 

But if one fails to do his part, 

His neglect hurts the rest at heart." 

"We had a net gain of 29 last year. Let 
me make haste to say when we take into con- 
sideration the non-Dunkard element in which 
we find ourselves, plus the strong Roman 
Catholic element, which is predominantly in 
the ascendency in the Garfield section, a net 
gain of 29 is mighty good — very good. 

' ' The Brethren church has an enviaiile jjo- 
sition — the only eurch of its kind in the city 
— a whole Bible church. If our church has a 
peculiar distinction, it must be the Lordship 
of Christ. 

"Morning attendance is good. Fondly do 
I hope, and fervently do I pray, that the year 
1926 may record an increase in loyalty, at- 
tendance, devotion and growth in every de- 
partment of the church and Sunday school 

' ' If the splendid material improvements 
which are noaring completion in our beloved 
church are not indicative of our desire to 
improve, beautify and make our church homo 
more attractive ,theE I miss my guess. 

"Now, Brethren, a similar spirit of inter- 
est and cooperation in the spiritual dynamic 
of our church will solidify our membership, 
unite and coordinate our departmental ef- 
forts, and enable us to do great exploits in 
the name of Jesus. 

"We are able, we are willing, 
Lot us rise up and build. 

"The congregation is certainly indebted to 
the Board of Trustees and the president of 
the church for their vision and tireless efforts 
to make the House of God more inviting; 
likewise, I am sure these Brethren appreciate 
the cooperation of the congregation in this 
worthy project. To the folks in the parson- 
age, the statement "Wash and bo clean" has 
become delightful poetry since the modern- 
up-to-date laundry has been installed. Many 
thanks!" 

We are hoping for big things in 1926. May 
our hopes come true. 

G. M. GARLAND. 



FLASHES PROM OHIO PASTORS' CON- 
VENTION 

It was tho privilege of the writer to sit 
with 700 pastoi-s from the state of Ohio at 
Columbus during the week of January 19-21. 
There were two Brethren ministers there. Our 
Columbus pastor and the writer. Steps were 
taken at this convention to urge the churches 
to pay tho expenses of the pastor to the next 
convention. 

The one great impression I received from 
the convention as a whole was the clear pre- 
s Illation of the world need and ways to jiieet 
the need. We listened to such men as Bean 
Graham of Oberlin, Dr. William Hiram 



Eoulkes of Cleveland, Bishop Warren Rogers 
.1 Cleveland, Sherwood Eddy, the world mis- 
sionary, Dr. John Timothy Stone of Chicago. 
These men have recently traveled and are 
students of the world situation. They are 
soberly and thoughtfullyy facing the world 
ta.sk of the church with the one thought that 
Jesus Christ is the only help for the world 
need. 

Using the story of the march to Canaan in 
Exodus 14, Dean Graha. • said, "I am suspi- 
cious of the attitude of those who desire to 
go back to the good old days. It is impossible 
to go back to things as they were. History 
justifies the urge of the few to go forward to 
the better land." One of Dr. Foulkes great 
statements was, ' ' In tho spirit of Christ may 
be found the mind of Christ." "Evangelism 
is not oratorical but atmospherical." "It is 
not enough to secure the attention of people, 
we must secure their decision." Mr. E. A. 
Doan voiced the idea that "If the churches 
would definitely show that they were doing 
the will of Christ the gift of money would 
be forthcoming." He suggested that monied 
people were sometimes doubtful of the trend 
of the churches. ' ' The church must cleanse 
herself of un-Christlike things." Bishop 
Rogers made this statement, "If we can keep 
the voice we are one, when we attempt to 
clothe it in form we differ." "Church unity, 
he said, will not be what I am or what you 
are." "The church must find herself and her 
great task." 

Bishop A. E. Clippinger voiced the truth 
when he said, "Because a denomination is 
small is no reason why its work is not worth 
much." Ho voiced the truth that "We are 
too fragmentary. " " There is danger, ' ' ho 
said, "when the fragment regards itself as 
the whole." "We have no right to main- 
tain a church for denominational purposes. ' ' 
Dr. Sherwood Eddy after reviewing tho 
status of tho countries of Europe and Asia 
made an eloquent plea for "men with a spir- 
itual dynamic to preach a gospel for all men 
and all classes in the whole world." He fur- 
ther said, "We drink once of the fountain of 
living water and then continuously of the in- 
ner spring." Dr. Magill of Chicago, said, 
' ' We must have the plus in education, the 
knowledge of God and our responsibility for 
the spiritual condition of the world." "The 
child is not a mere creature of the state. 
Those who maintain and direct his destiny 
have a right to prepare him for other respon- 
sibilities." Dr. Stone reminded us that God 
had one view if the world in that he "so 
loved the world" and Jesus came to save 
1600 million people." "Our polity, doctrine, 
must not take precedence over preaching the 
cross." "ITho world's problems will be solved 
by the cross. We are not responsible for tho 
result but to the command. Tho command is, 
'Go ye', the result is his." "Tho world wants 
to know what Christianity is, not our ideas 
of conditions and religions in the world." 
Dr. Stone's plea was for a careful presenta- 
tion of Christ and the Cross in life and word. 

The convention clised with a musical con- 
cert by the "incomparable" Dayton West- 
minster Choir under the direction of John 
Findley Williamson. Brethren pastors in Ohio 
cannot afford to miss these Pastor's Conven- 
tions. Tho Brethren churches must bo taught 



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that they get large dividends by sending their 
pastors to religious conventions. The pastors 
are very small when divided among the mem- 
bers of his church. The members can not go 
to conventions and institutes, so why not 
show a good spirit and send the pastor? 

E. F. POETE, Louisville, Ohio. 



WASHINGTON C. H., OHIO 

For the first time in our life we are a resi- 
dent of a rural district, surrounded by large 
farms of up to 900 acres. The change at first 
made us seem somewhat secluded, but we are 
enjoying it much at this time. The people 
here are fine, loyal to the teachings of the 
Word, and are stayers-by of each of the pas- 
tors who preceded us. This is a rare thing, 
for most every place there are some people 
who show the pastor their heels, but here they 
speak well if each man and the work he tried 
to do. 

The Woman's Missionary Society here is 
active, willing to sacrifice for the church 
and community. In fact, they have done far 
above our expectations. Thej' made an in- 
crease in pastor's salary of twenty-five per- 
cent. They gave $50.00 for new batteries for 
our light plant, and have aided in various 
other ways. These good women are standing 
by the church in the good old-fashioned wav'. 
May our dear Lord bless them for still greater 
activities. 

Our Sunday school under the leadership of 
Sister J. Finn is going on to what has been 
the average attendance. Although the high- 
est attendance since we are here is 49, a small 
number to us, yet the people here think it 
good. Our morning service reached 54 and 
our evening service reached 70 iu attendance, 
and these were at regular services. During 
a special, that is, an attempt to hold a re- 
vival meeting during the mouth of December, 
one Sunday night we passed the 200 mark. 
The people that night said, "This looks like 
old fashioned Fairview." If the pastor had 
known some of the customs of this section we 
would not have started a revival at this time 
of year, as this is the season when the cen- 
tralized schools, both high schools and gram- 
mar grades have their contests and supi^ers. 
And as in most places, where there is any- 
thing to eat and drink there the crowds 
gather. Due to the changing of our audience, 
we thought best to postpone our meeting to a 
later date. We had two confessions. 

We have a young people 's service on Sun- 
day evening, at which time we frequently 
have over 30 in attendance, and 20 of these 
participating in the service. This young peo- 
ple's service was proposed and started by Sis- 
ter Christiansen, and the Sisters Junk are 
heartily cooperating iu it as in every other de- 
partment. 

The membership here is small, about forty. 
a number of which are members of the Home 
Guard. There are some who cannot get out, 
but we bring the church to them in the form 
of prayer meetings. 

The undersigned is here serving the church 
ton months of the year. This leaves two 
months of evangelistic work. An interest is 
asked in your prayers for the advancement of 
the Fairview Brethren church. 

S. E. CHEISTIANSEN, 
Washington C. H., Ohio. E. F. D. 7. 



LOUISVILLE, OHIO 

The work of the Louisville church is pro- 
gressing nicely under the leadership of R. r. 
Porte, our pastor since June 1st. After arriv- 
ing on the field he at once acquainted himself 
with the members living within automobile 
distance. Eev. Porte, besides being a good 
' ' mixer", is a splendid pulpit man, and always 
has his sermons well prepared. At the present 
time he is bringing us a series of messages on 
"Stewardship." 

In October the pastor planned a Men's and 
Boys' Banquet. The attendance at this affair 
was good and the menu was served by the W. 
M. S., four of the S. M. M. girls acting in the 
capacity of waitresses. The Sunday school 
orchestra plaj'cd several selections. Eev. F. C. 
Viiinator, pastor of the Canton church, was the 
speaker of the evening. 

'During the month of November Eev. Porte 
conducted a two weeks' meeting, basing his 
themes on the Book of Eevelation. This scr- 
ies was well attended and very good interest 
manifested. One young man accepted Christ 
and was received into the church by baptism 
at the close of the meetings. 

Immediately following the series, the pastor 
got busy on plans for a Christmas pageant, 
and under his direction the members of the 
Sunday school presented a White Gift Adora- 
tion pageant. The offering at this service was 
over $100.00. 

The church cooperated with the other 
churches of Louisville during the special 
' ' Week of Prayer ' ' services, held the first 
week in January. 

The Sunday school is doing a good piece of 
work in presenting the Bible to its scholars 
through thirteen classes — five in the elemen- 
tary department, under the leadership of Mrs. 
Floyd Miller, and eight in the adult depart- 
ment under the leadership of S'. F. Essig. Our 
biggest handicap now is a lack of class rooms 
and modern equipment to care for the elemen- 
tary division. The church is awakening to 
this fact and at a recent meeting appointed a 
committee to get iu touch with a contractor 
to ascertain the approximate cost to make the 
needed improvements. A fund for this pur- 
pose has already been started and we are all 
anxiously looking forward to the time — we 
hope not far in the distance — when our dream 
will be realized. The members of the Sunday 
school will render the cantata, "The King 
Eternal" by Ira B. Wilson, on Easter Sunday 
night. There will be about thirty-five in the 
chorus, under the direction of F. E. Clapper. 

The W. M. S. is very much alive and arc 
having very interesting meetings. They have 
pledged $1,000.00 toward the church remodel- 
ing fund and expect to raise said amount be- 
fore the close of the present year. Mrs. Henry 
Eshelman is president of the society. 

The Sisterhood Girls, under the direction of 
Mrs. Joseph Wertenberger, patroness, deserve 
much credit for the splendid work done by 
that organization. JThey recently sent a bar- 
rel of clothing to the mission at Kentucky and 
bandages to the African mission field. Their 
monthly meetings are well attended and are 
not merely a social gathering, but are real 
spiritual feasts — stressing the prayer life of 
the members. Their annual banquet was held 



iu November at the home of Mrs. Wertenber- 
ger and was a grand success. 

The Christian Endeavor society is an active 
organization, and has always been the main 
training school for future church workers. All 
of the present tithers in the church received 
their training while members of the C. E. so- 
ciety. We are observing Christian Endeavor 
Week this year with special programs outlined 
by the United Society. We had planned to 
have the Misses Eleanor and Grace Yoder, of 
Ashland, with us on the opening night of C. 
E. Week, but on account of sickness they were 
not able to be here. We hope to have them 
at a later date. Glenwood Oyster is president 
of the society. 

LOUIS P. CLAPPEE, Secretary. 



A SONG O'F FAITH 
By Josiah Gilbert Holland 

Day will return with a fresher boon; 

God will remember the world! 
Night will come with a newer moou; 

God will remember the world! 

Evil is only the slave of Good; 

Sorrow the servant of Joy; 
And the soul is mad that refuses food 

Of the meanest in God 's employ. 

The fountain of joy is fed by tears. 
And love is lit by the breath of sighs; 

The deepest griefs and the wildest fears 
Have holiest ministries. 

Strong grows the oak in the sweeping storm; 

Safely the flower sleeps under the snow; 
And the farmer's hearth is never warm 

Till the cold wind starts to blow. 

Day will return with a fresher boon; 

God will remember the world! 
Night will come with- a newer moon; 

God will remember the world! 



FROM KANSAS TO PENNSYLVANIA 

This report may seem proof of a resurrec- 
tion, but we have not been dead by any means. 
It has been said it is better to be seen than 
heard, and we do not want to be too much 
heard so as to be an annoyance to the readers 
of a good paper, or a worry to a busy editor. 
Yet we know the field news are the first to be 
read by most people when the Evangelist ar- 
rives. So we will do our best and leave the 
results with God. 

About May the first we foimd ourselves pre- 
paring to say good-bye to a goodly number of 
Brethren and friends with whom we had labor- 
ed for three years. The experiences of both 
pastor and people at such times are too strong 
to be soon erased from memory, and the ties 
of love and friendship formed by the spirit 
of the Almighty can never be broken. With 
the Apostle Paul we can claim many as our 
own in the Gospel, as we clasped their hands 
and heard them make confession of their 
faith in the Lord and Savior, and baptized 
lialf a hundred, laying hands on them and pro- 
nouncing the blessing of God upon them. For 
this work we give God all glory and praise. 

I am sure that a lasting good was aecom^ 
plished at Mulvane, especially with those big 
■• nrted young people. We pray that this 
work may go forward and that their influence 



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may reach unto the ends of the earth, to the 
bringing of many souls to the Christ who JieU 
to save. 

Early in the spring we were called on a trip 
across the AUeghenies, and on the way wc run 
into some of the results of the little "WolsU 
Kvangelist." The Listie church and commu- 
nity certainly had been stormed and the devil 
routed. The church is certainly alive. The 
most remarkable thing was that there were 
about 76 attended the mid-week prayer meet- 
ing, and every one tookan active part, from 
the oldest to the youngest, and some who 
were deprived of the service sent a report of 
their absence and their desires for the work. 
This turned our minds back a decade when 
the people had the old time rligion and love 
for the King-dim of God. If Thomas can turn 
a community upside down with the Gospel, 
why should we not all put our faith squarely 
in the Gospel and use it to the accomplish 
ment of great good for Christ? On this trip 
the Highland church invited us to stop off for 
a few days, and the results are that we are 
back with the good people whom we so hur- 
riedly left to go west. 

Leaving Mulvane May the 14th, we stopped 
in lachigan and in Indiana, with our daugh- 
ter and friends, and arrived at Highland June 
the 1st, the trip costing us $40.00. We do not 
regret the five years we spent in the Sunflow- 
er state, but we were sorry to find the High- 
land church in backward state. We are glad 
to say however that we find some here who 
are willing to lay their all on the altar for 
God. These people received us as the father 
received the prodigal son. They gave us the 
be.»t room, prepared the best meal and welcoin- 
ed us home with joy. Many changes have 
taken place in five years. Brethren O. P. Bur- 
son and Daniel Smith, both old men and main- 
stays in the church when we left, have gone 
to their reward. We miss them, as well as 
others. 

'They had been without a pastor for some 
time, and things had happened which caused 
discouragement. But when we brought the 
old Gospel, even as when the old prophet cried, 
what seemed a valley of dry bones, began to 
move and when spring comes and the now con- 
crete roads, which are now under construction, 
arc finished, we think the sinue and flesh will 
prove real life. 

In Kovember we opened fire on the devil 
with Eev. A. L. Lynn in the lead as evange- 
list. He is a real Bible preacher, a man filled 
with the Holy Ghost and a power in God's 
hands. His message appeals to the people and 
draws them out. At the end of one week we 
were compelled to close because of rain and 
mud, but the sermons delivered and the calls 
made had a telling effect. Wc arc planning to 
make an effort this coming .summer by secur- 
ing a tent and inviting the entire community, 
churches and all, to take part in an evangelist- 
ic campaign. We are oingg to give Brother 
Lynn an opportunity to lead us. Also as we 
are only eight miles from Washington, Penn- 
sylvania, a city of 2.5,000 population, and that 
without a Brethren church, we are contemplat- 
ing a campaign there, as we feel here is a 
mission field right at home, and this is a good 
place to spend our mission money. 

A move is on foot at present to do some im- 
proving on the ehunh building, either by a 



balcony, or a basement and redecoration. This 
is necessary for room, as well as for the re- 
pair of the building and the encouragement 
of the community. At present we have the 
children of several Catholic families attending 
our Sunday school. We don't have to go to 
South America to do mission work among the 
Catholics, we have them right at our door, and 
by your prayers and God's help we believe 
God can and will save. 

On his return from Europe Brother Benja- 
min F. Owen and wife stopped off with us for 
two days, he giving us one of his real mes- 
sages which did us all good, and she giving 
us a well prepared program which was enjoyed 
by all. We were sorry to have them leave us 
so soon, but with a promise to return again, 
we said good-bye. 

On a Saturday evening during the month 
of November we enjoyed a visit from Havry 
Berkshire and family from Masontown. With 
.Mrs. Berkshire at the piano and Edgar and 
Clayton, the two boys doing the singing, we 
had some real talent as the leading part of 
our musical program. On Sunday Mrs. Berk- 
shire brought us an impressive message well 
suited to the occasion. We must say this noble 
family is worth all the space it occupies in 
a community or church. We would like to 
have them in our midst. We appreciated their 
service and welcome them with us again. 

We introduced our Thanksgiving service by 
sending out a letter to each home connected 
with the church, and the offering was the best 
ever. 

It was the writer's pleasure to visit Terra 
Alta, West Virginia, recently and conduct 
services there for the Brethren Sunday morn- 
ing and evening. This people received us 
royally and we enjoyed our stay. But it is 
dead sure this part of the Lord's vineyarl 
needs workmen, and there is another certain- 
ty that unless some of our people loosen up 
and broaden out in their religious activities 
and give out, there will be a great loss. We 
should remember the message of John on Pat- 
mos — "Hold that which thou hast." 

Christmas brought us cheer and gladness, as 
wc had a very good program. The spirit that 
prevailed was fine. The White Gift offering 
was very good considering the attendance. 
The pastor was not forgotten, by any means. 
A pocketbook well filled with valuable green 
paper was present at the close of the program. 
Besides many other xiseful gifts were present- 
ed to us during the holiday.s — house slippers, 
socks, handkerchiefs, shirts, bags of potatoes, 
pork, lard, beef, chickens, sugar, flour, fruit, 
canned goods, etc. These commodities have 
been coming to our hands since our arrival. 
We can never do enough to prove the grati- 
tude of our hearts for these loving acts. We 
have a comfortable home with modern con- 
veniences in a village called Long Pine, on a 
hard surfaced road, eight miles from Wash- 
ington, Pennsylvania. , We shall be glad to 
have any of the Brethren stop with us as they 
pass through. 

We have been called upon to assist in more 
funerals in the past seven months than in 
seven years previous. There is still some sick- 
ness among our jieople and we ask the brother- 
hood to remember them in prayer. We covet 
your prayers for our work. 

THOMAS F. HOWELL. 



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seemed so absolutely lifeless f They are the 
most inanimate creatures that I have ever 
seen. Think of living for eighteen hundred 
years, and during all that time accomplishing 
absolutely nothing! They eat and sleep, sleep 
and eat again. I certainly should not want 
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You doubtless know many churches and 
Christians who are earnest messengers for 
God, but sad it is when churches and professed 
disciples of Christ are like alligators, sleeping 
and eating and then looking for more to eat 
and more sleep with little or no thought of 
their duty to God. Get busy folks with some 
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unsaved friends. 

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spending the closing years in a Home with Brethren influences will 
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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

Official Or^an of the Brethren Church 

Published weekly by the Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio, at $2.00 per year in advance. 

George S. Baer, Editor 

R. R. Teeter, .... Business Manager 

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IN THIS NUMBER 



Facing the Growing Movie Peril — Editor, 

When Writing for Publication — Editor, 

Jesus and the Throne of David — G. A. Bame, 

"The Slanderer"— Edythe E. Hall, 

My Bible and I in 1926 — G. C. Carpenter, 

The Mission and Method of the Master — L. G. Wood, 

Man 's Reward — Mrs. Leslie Lindower, 

Notes on the Sunday School Lesson — Editor , 

The White Gift Offering— Martin Shively, 



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... 10 

Christian Endeavor and the World and Citizenship — C. W. 

Mayes 11 

Junior Notes — Virginia Haun, 11 

Donald Praser — ' ' One Who Smiles with Any One " 12 

"My Cup Runneth Over" — Office Secretary, 12 

News from the Field, 13-15 

The Tie That Binds, — 15 

In the STiadow, 16 

Announcements, 16 

Tract Corner— R. F. Porte 16 



EDITORIAL 



Facing the Growing Movie Peril 

Perhaps some do not realize we have a movie peril. Practically 
everybody knows that we have some sort of a peril, that something 
is radically wrong with the moral life of our day, that its tone and 
temper are at a decidedly low ebb. But many do not seem to have 
related this condition with the movie in any very definite way. 

Of course, we all know something is wrong, very much wrong. 
Wo are hearing that on every hand, and from leaders in every sphere 
of activity. Judges, law enforcement officers, reform associations 
and newspaper writers are pointing out that youth is on a rampage 
and crime on the increase. They tell us that parents have lost con- 
trol of their children; that youth in revolting against parental rule, 
has set itself against all law; that crime is growing at an astonishing 
rate, especially among the young, not only in America but through- 
out the world; that 80 per cent of all murders and burglaries of the 
last quarter of a century have been committed by boys and girls 
under 25 years of age; that 75 per cent of persons now in jail are 
under 25. The Cleveland Association for Criminal Justice in its 
semi-annual report ending June 30, 1925, opened its report as fol- 
lows: 

"Crime continues to increase in Cleveland at an alarming rate. 
For the serai-annual period ending June 30, 1925, major crime has 
increased over the corresponding period of the year 192-1. Robbery, 
15 per cent; house-lireaking and larceny 59 per cent; automobile 
stealing 01 per cent; burglary and larceny 75 per cent; murder 95 
per cent; assault to kill 100 per cent; manslaughter 139 per cent." 

This is a fair sample of the statements being made throughout 
the country by those who are being brought in touch with the ragged 
edges of humanity. But few, however, have had the vision or the 
courage to point out the large and definite way in which the movie 
is responsible for this lamentable condition, and so very little effec- 
tive public sentiment has been focused against it. This has been due 
largely to two facts: first, that too many people have become enam- 
ored with the motion picture, and second, that many have been de- 
cciMMl liy maneuvering of the Movie Trust to give the people th,- 
impression of its high purpose and respectability. Will H. Hays 
with all his talk about cleaning up the movie is but a smoke screen 
t)ehind which this powerful law breaking corporation has gone on 



making merchandise of the baser passions of men, at the same time 
' ' throttling good pictures, terrorizing the better elements of the in- 
dustry and corrupting politics," as is affirmed by Dr. Wm. Sheaf e 
Chase, general secretary of the Federal Motion Pictvu-e Council, 
which is now in conference in Chicago. Those who expected Mr. 
Hays to be clothed with power that would enable him to improve 
the character of the movie against the wiU of the more powerful 
movie magnates, who pay him his princely salary, have been dis- 
illusioned bj' the fact that crime inciting pictures are on the increase. 
The nim Daily for October 9, 1925, says, 

' ' The Briti.sh rulings make their censorship more severe because 
of increase in crime films." 

Again on October 22 it reported: "The Australian common- 
wealth has imposed a number of more severe censorship restrictions 
against American and other imported pictures. 'Production', the 
theme of which deals with the adventure of female crooks, will not 
bo permitted to enter the country under any circumstances." 

The Film Daily for November 1, 1925, gave the following fore- 
cast for movie productions in the United (States: 

"Crook pictures seem to be in demand, or at least coast produc- 
ers arc thinking that way and looking for such material. So if you 
have one up j'our sleeve, dig it out. Female crook stories also 
wanted." 

S'ays Dr. Chase: "Judges all over the land are declaring in lan- 
guage no intelligent person can fail to understand, or afford to ignore, 
that motion pictures are responsible for the alarming increase of 
juvenile crime . . . The records of the Chicago Board of Censorship 
and of the New York State Movie Commission shows that the moral 
character of the motion picture has been steadily growing worse in 
the last three years." 

What shall we do about it? We should like to see, if we con- 
sulted merely our feelings, the Christian take a stand of aloofness, 
leave the movie entirely alone, and so keep himself pure from its 
ccutaminating influence. And we cannot escape the conviction that 
such an attitude toward the movie shows, so far as the individual 
Christian is concerned, is about the only consistently Christian way 
of dealing with them. If the church membership would rise to that 
position, it would doubtless be greatly increased in power in every 
way, and the movie business would not be nearly so profitable as it 
is. But we are well aware of the fact that the rank and file of the 
church membership does not take that attitude either in spirit or 
practice, but that great hosts of them are movie atendants. Nor 
eCJuld the Christian discharge the whole of his duty in relation to the 
^peril by merely adopting that attitude. He would save himself from 
contamination, but he would not help to solve the problem, and thus 
save others. 

The fact is that the movie must be cleaned up, if the peril is 
to be warded off. It is very probable that the large majority of 
movie goers are not ch-urch members and could not be appealed to 
from a Christian motive. And a still larger per cent are children 
and could not possibly be kept away from movie entertainments in 
any large numbers under the present condition of parental indulgence 
and lack of control. The Federal Trade Commission which has been 
investigating the movie since 1921 says in its brief against the Trust 
issued in October, 1925: 

"Of the 20,000,000 daily movie goers, 75 per cent are under 24 
years of age. The actual daily attendance in schools is 10,000,000; a 
greater potential power to influence the character, habits, dress, 
morals and general conduct of our vouth than our public school sys- 
tem. ' ' 

It is on our children that the movie is getting in its worst in- 
fluence. It is the teen aged folks who are being transformed into 
criminals, or if not so bad, into frivolous, insincere, irreverent. God- 
less throngs, who avoid the church, and find no enjoyment in the 
higher and finer things of life. In view of this fact it is evident 
that the situation cannot be ignored. If we care for our children, 
if wo care for our national welfare, if we care for the church and 
for our duty, we must do something to stop this steady stream of 
corrupting influence. 

With so difficult a task facing us squarely it is encouraging to 
note that there is arising a leadership that is not only fully con- 
vinced of the demoralizing influence of the movie, but at the same 
time promises to be able to mobilize and direct public sentiment in a 
way that will make possible that moral protection that is so much 
needed. This leadership is heading up in the Federal Motion Pic- 
ture Council, which was organized as a result of four National Mo- 
tion Picture Councils held in Washington, D. C, in 1923, 1924, and 
1925, and purposes to be the organized agent and servant of the 
churches in bringing about a national crusade for clean movies. 



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When Writing for Publication 

Follow any new-fangled ideas you wish in writing your personal 
letters, but please observe th.e long-established rules for preparing 
proper manuscripts for the printer. Pads do not make for efficiency 
anywhere, least of all in a printing office where speed and accuracy 
are secured by learning the proper way of doing things and thep 
doing thsui by habit. For example, when beginning a paragraph it 
i.-* still proper to indicate it by indentation; there are difficulties 
with the fad which some follow of making the first line flush. We 
are not particularly an.xious to see your fancy box-stationery, and less 
so to have you write on all four sides of such fancy folders; use 
just plain paper, and write on one side of the sheet only. When you 
have written what you thought was your last page an^ you have a 
line or two to write yet, do not turn the sheet over and write on the 
other side; get a new one. Do noli write single spaced when using a 
typewriter, as it is hard for the operator to follow the lines and 
allows no space for the editor to make any needed corrections. When 
writing with a pen, do not crowd your lines, and when you have fin- 
ished your manuscript, read it over and insert any possible omissions 
and determine whether your copy is likely to be readable after it 
has gotten cold. That is all for this time, thank you, and we hope 
you are still smiling. 

EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Read the "Tract Corner", and buy and use tracts, especially 
those setting forth the teachings and advantages of the Brethren 
church. 

This week we feature the Brethren Home on page one; next week 
it will be the iSuperannuated and pioneer ministers. 

Our friend, Brother M. E. Horner, who was 'Some years ago our 
correspondent for the Goshen church, writes an interesting record of 
his trip to southern Texas. 

I'^om the communications of the ' "Office Secretary of the For- 
eign Board, it has been evident that she is well fitted for her place, 
and from her letter this week it is to be seen that she is happy in it. 

The railroads are offering fare and one-half rates to registered 
delegates to the convention of the International Council of Relig- 
ious Education to be held at Birmingham, Alabama, April 12 to 19, 
1926. 

The Religious Education Association has announced its twenty- 
third annual convention to be hold at Toronto, Canada, March 9 to 
12, 1926. JThe theme of the convention is to be "Religious Educa- 
tion for Participation in World Affairs." 

The Christian Endeavorers will find an interesting letter in this 
issue from Brother Charles W. Mayes, Citizenship Superintendent. 
See the Christian Endeavor page, you will want to read it. We shall 
be glad to hear from other department superintendents. Use your 
page, Endeavorers. Keep it alive with news and helpful suggestions. 

'The church at Flora, Indiana, is rejoicing in a splendid revival 
conducted by their pastor, Brother Frank G. Coleman, assisted by a 
Mr. and Mrs. Long, evangelist singers. Fifty confessions were re- 
ceived and with the number who are coming by relation the church 
will be rc-enforced by about sixty. With this added strength and 
enthusiasm the Flora church will doubtless press on to greater things. 

President E. E. Jacobs supplies us with another installment of 
"College News" and among other items of interest is the one con- 
cerning the recent generous gifts of Mr. John C. Myers in the form 
of a radio set and a hundred dollars to buy platinum for the chem- 
istry department., Mr. Myers is the son of the late F. E. Myers, who 
with his brother, P. A. Myers, a College trustee, built up the widely 
known F. E. Myers & Brother Company, makers of pumps and hay 
tools. 

Dr.W. S. Bell, pastor of the Dayton church was in Ashland this 
week laying plans for the beginning of his work as director of the 
College Endowment campaign among the churches. He also called 
upon the force at the Publishing House, in which he has a vital in- 
terest, being president of the Publishing House Board of Trustees. 



He recently closed an evangelistic campaign in his church at Dayton 
with Brother C. H. Ashman as evangelist, resulting m about ninety 
confessions, sixty-six of which will unite with the Brethren church. 

Our correspondent from Sunnyside, Washington, reports three 
additions to the church, and the Sunday school doing excellent 
work. Dr. J. C. Beal is the able pastor of this church, having re- • 
cently entered upon his second pastorate at this place. It is hoped 
that his health, which he told us recently had been quite indifferent, 
will soon be much improved. It is evident that the young people of 
this congregation are being well oared for by organizations adapted 
to proper ages, and no doubt the church will in the days to come 
find itself abundantly repaid for this wise course. 

Brother Lester V. King writes "Froji iSt. Jan; ^ ,, Maryland, It, 
New Lebanon, Ohio," and naturally such a record contains many 
things of interest. The church he i^jcentiy left was his first pastor- 
ate, and though he puts his accomplishments very modestly, we think 
be did a splendid work there. The parish is widely scattered, ana 
Brother Thoburu C. Lyon, the new pastor, will have plenty of work 
to do, but we understand that Brother King realized a commendable 
improvement during his stay there. He has been well received in his 
new pastorate and the outlook is bright for an encouraging growth , 
under his leadership. 

Dr. Martin Shively, treasurer of the National Sunday School 
Association, makes his second report of the White Gift offering, and 
an encouraging report it is. Much interest has been shown in the 
work that the Association is doing in Kentucky missions, College 
support and the promotion of Sunday school work through its' field 
secretary. Brother M. A. iStuckey. It is evident, however, that there 
are many schools who have not yet reported, and it must be remem- 
bered that the budget is only about two-thirds covered. Let others 
"do their bit." 

FEBRUARY 28 IS BENEVOLENCE DAY WHEN EVERY 
CHURCH is requested to lift an offering for the Superannuated Min- 
ister's Fund, which is to be sent to the new secretary, J. J. Wolf, of 
North Manchester, Indiana, and also an offering for the Brethren 
Home to be sent to Henry Rinehart, treasurer, Flora, Indiana. No 
church has a right, neither can it afford to neglect this worthy cause. 
The Superannuated Minister's Fund officers say they must have 
$4,000, this year to meet the Board's obligations to all those to whom 
the General Conference voted to give aid. The Brethren Home offi- 
cers have not yet named their goal, but we suppose it is the usual 
40 cents per member. 

Dr. Charles A. Barae reports a very successful evangelistic cam- 
paign closed at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, in which our Third church 
(in Morrellvillc) and the Church of the Brethren in the same local- 
ity, coojierated. The re\ival spirit ran high and almost eighty con- 
fes.sions were received. This rejoices the heart, but there is a sorry 
side to the situation in view of the fact that two Dunker churches 
within a stone's throw of each other are trying to occupy the same 
field. The revival was a fine example of cooperation, but unless it is 
carried farther and they work out some way of cooperating perma- 
nently, they will eventually become competitors, which is a situation 
neither denomination can justify anywhere. 

English newspapers are launching an attack on psj'cho-analysts 
following the suicide of a young barrister as a result of being psycho- 
analyzed. No one can safely be dogmatic as to what may or may 
not be discovered about the oj)eration of the human mind, but of this 
we may be sure, that no good will come that can in any measure atone 
for the evil resulting from a preposterous, theory that arrogantly de- 
nies "the claims of morality as being irrelevant to scientific re- 
search," as does the Freudian school, according to the London Post. 
The minds of boys and girls are debased by ruthless exposures, and 
men and women are oppressed and made despondent by having their 
minds exploited by so-called psychological examinations and treat- 
ment. After all, the best place to go for an examination of the bent 
of one's inner life and a treatment of the mind and heart is to the 
Gospel of Christ. There is pointed out the cure and the examination 
is safe and free. The Holy Spirit will convict every one who will 
submit to the penetrating light of divine truth, — he will convict of 
sin, of righteousness and judgment, but he will not leave the mind 
distracted and despondent. Instead he brings strength and victory 
through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



Jesus and the Throne of David 

By Charles A. Bame, D.D. 



Iving, Throne, Scepter, Reign — these -words may seem 
strange to the careless student of the Word of God in rela- 
tion to Jesus. But they ha\-e all been made about him and 
of him. In this paper, I wish to call attention to a single 
line of prophecies concerning him that, until this present 
moment, must mean just nothing; and unless there is a ful- 
fillment of them later, they must nullify faith in both the 
Old and New Testament .ScHptures. All through the Old 
Testament there are prophesies which I believe may be 
headed up in Isaiah 9:6, 7. "For unto us a child is bom. 
unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon 
his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, 
Counsellor, the IMighty God, the Everlasting Father, the 
Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his GOVERNMENT 

and peace, there shall be no end ON THE 

THRONE OF DAIVD to order it and to 
establish it. with JUSTICE and JUDG- 
MENT from henceforth, EVEN FOR- 
EVER. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will 
perform this." Note the words "govern- 
ment" and "power" in caps. The New 
Testament, beginning with ilatthew 1:1. 
starts with "The book of the generation 
of Jesus Christ, the SON OF DAVID", 
and continues with the proclamation of 
the kingdom of heaven by John. Matt. 3:2, 
and by Jesus, ilatt. 4:17, 23; giving the 
principles of that Kingdom in the sermon 
on the mount. Matt. 5-7, his I'ejecfion at 
Nazareth, his ubraiding of the cities of 
Capernaum, Choi-azin and Beth.saida, 
cause they repented not. Then, 
planation oi the Kingdom in the 
form of parables so that his 
might understand and otliers might 
and much more on this "gospel of 



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kingdom." Turning to fjuke, again the 
kingly character of the Man of Galilee, is faithfully r-et 
forth. How royal is the anniuieiation to Mary ! Luke 1 :30, 
33. And the angel said unto Mary, "Fear not, Mary: for 
thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt 
conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and thou shalt 
call his name Jesus. HE SHALL BE (iREAT, and shall be 
called the Son of the Highest : and the Lord God shall GH'E 
UNTO HIM THE THRONE OF mS FATHER DAVID : 
anod HE SHALL REIGN 0AT:R THE HOUSE OF JACOB 
F0RE\T<:R; and of HIS KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE 
NO END." Note that veiy mvich of this annunciation to 
the virgin applies to the KINGDOM side of his life. Both 
of these prophesies — the one from Isaiah and from Luke are 
very often partly quoted but alas ! too often only PARTLY. 
How strangely silent are many preachers about the 
veiy prominent part of both these texts concerning the king- 
ship of Jesus on the THRONE OF DAVID. But how can 
the Bible be the Word of God concerning the Saviorhood of 
Jesus and that concerning his Kingship be untrue? If one 
is to be believed and stressed, why not both? If both lines 
are true, then something is yet to happen in the earth, and 
that something concerns Jesus' Ivingship ON THE THRONE 
OF DAVID. The prophecies concerning the suffering Mes- 
siah have been fulfilled Init those eonceniing the Reigning 
King have not ; they must yet be fulfilled : so may it be. To 
this bear all the prophets witness. The Jews did not rec- 
ognize the suffering Messiah when he came, and only this 
week. Rabbi Wise in New York, said that he has not yet 
come. Now the danger is that the careless, negligent 
church of today will not be ready for the kingly Christ 



when he comes again TO SIT ON THE THRONE OF HIS 
FATHER DAVID. That this is the design of the Great Je- 
hovah, seems clear from the study of the Scriptures, if we 
allow them to say what they say. It is most assuredly set 
forth in the Word, that God has Ijcen attempting to set up 
a kingdom on the earth from the first: "Have dominion," 
said he to Adam, "over every living thing." But like a 
drunken lion-tamer loses his power over the ferocious beast, 
so Adam through sin lost his dominion and man has not yet 
recovered it; nor will he luitil the sin has been eradicated 
from the hearts of men, and lost power restored. Again, in 
the call of Abraham, in tlie republic under Moses, under the 
rule of the Judges, and then, through the rule of his people 
by a king, under David and Solomon, and their successor, 
who followed after idolatry and brought 
on the Dispersion and the Babylonish cap- 
tivity, God was trying to make ready a 
people for his kingdom on the earth 
where his will might be done and righ- 
teousness might come. 

Just as clear, it can be seen through all 
these dealings with a rebellious people, lie 
was telling of the man of our text under 
whom his will would finally be done ; who, 
when he came, said, "It is written in the 
volume of the Book, I came to do thy will, 
(_) God." But they killed him whom they 
should have crowned and still his will on 
earth was delayed. The first of these in- 
dications is in Genesis 3:15, in the prom- 
ise. "The seed of Woman shall bruise the 
serpent's head." Note, too that this is the 
only reference to the "seed" as belonging 
to the woman, a possible and probable 
forecast of the Virgin birth of the Lord. 

The next reference is that the promise of 

restitution is to come througli the line of 
Seth. Genesis 9:26, 27. Then, "My Coi.'ei.aut will I estab- 
lish with Isaah" (Not Ishmael) is the next word. Genesis 17: 
18-21. Here again the line is limited — no Ishmaelite will 
occupy David's throne. Next, of the sons of Jacob, not 
Reuben the oldest, nor Joseph the favorite, but "Judah, 
thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thine hand 
.shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children 
shall bow down before thee * * * the SCEPTER shall not 
depart from Judah, nor a law-giver from betM'een his feet 
till SHILOII COME; and to him shall the gathering of 
the people be. Note hei'e the word SCEPTER denoting 
power and .SHILOH referring to the Messiah; Savior and 
King, to come out of Judah. Next comes the assurance that 
was afterward to be sworn to by the oath of Jehovah, that 
David's throne was to be FOREVER. Through Nathan as 
God's spokesman. David was told with the warning. 2 Sam- 
uel 7:16, that "if he commit iniquity, I will chasten him 
with the rod of men," v. 14, but with unrestricted and \ni- 
limited promises that his throne should never cease. "Thine 
house and thine kingdom shall be established FOREVER 
before thee and thy throne shall be established FOR- 
EVER." Again, in the 89th Psalm, 35-37, God says, "Once 
have I sworn in mv holiness that I will not lie unto David. 
His SEED shall ENDURE FOREVER and his THRONE as 
the sun before me." 

But God did not forget and in Jeremiah 33 :20. 21, long 
after David was dead, we read, "Thus saith the Lord, if ye 
can break the covenant of the day and my covenant of the 
night, and that there should not be day and night in their 
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my ser\'ant, that he should not have a son to REIGN UPON 
HIS THRONE. " Here God makes the succession as sure as 
that of day and night. But it will be replied that the line 
has been broken. But be careful lest 'we mistake. Matthew 
and Luke both trace the genealogy of Jesus to David. He 
was of the royal line and had a right to David's throne, had 
the King not been crucified. That the line was not to be a 
succession, is also clear from the prophesies concerning the 
Branch. Says Jeremiah 23:5, 6, "Behold the days come, 

Isaith the Lord, that I will RAISE UP UNTO DAVID A 
RIGHTEOUS BRANCH and a KING SHALL REIGN AND 
PROSPER and shall execute justice and judgment IN THE 
EARTH. IN HIS DAYS JUDAH SHALL BE SAVED 
AND ISRAEL SHALL DM^ELL SAFELY and this is the 
name whereby he shall be called, "THE LORD OUR 
RIGHTEOUSNESS." See also, Isaiah 11:1, 2 "And the 
spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom 
and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of 
the Lord." Now, it would seem that there could be no 
doubt of the identification of the Branch. But lest there 
should be, it is written, Luke 2:40, 52, 'The child grew and 
waxed strong IN SPIRIT, filled with WISDOM and the 
grace of God was upon him * * * and Jesus .increased in 
WISDOM and stature and in favor with God and man." Let 
it now be said that how these prophesies could have been 
fulfilled in any human being and how many others concern- 
ing the land of Palestine and the city of David could come 
to pass mu.st have taxed mightily the faith of the prophets 

(even, who foretold them. Indeed, had they known their 
scriptures they would have known that he was not to be a 
human, for it was said, Isaiah 7:14, "A Virgin shall bear a 
Son and shall call his name IMMANUEL, or "GOD WITH 
US." The God-Man was the only hope of such a wonderful 
[ reign as that. FOREVER, could not be predic.areil of any 
\ human. No more could there have been a righteous reign 
of any human ON THE EARTH ON Tffl'] THRONE OF 
DAVID, for David himself had failed awfully in righteous- 
ness. Either these prophecies were to be fulfilled by a more 
than human or they were enigmatic and phantasmal. 

But in the fullness of God's time, came the assurance 
to the Virgin that she should be the mother of the IMMAN- 
UEL. The angels sang at his birth; the wise men came to 
witness to his Royal greatness with gifts for the "boi'n King 
of the Jews." Jealous Herod made it possible that "out 
of Egypt have I called my Son." John came preaching 
"The Kingdom of heaven is AT HAND," and then, after 
the baptism of Jesus and the witness of Heaven to his 
heavenly Sonship, he himself went forth, preaching, "The 
Kingdom of heaven is at hand." The King was here and 
in the Royal line of David for God's chosen Israel, but they 
could not recognize him because they did not know their 
scriptures or could not rightly divide the Word of Truth." 
He gave them the principles of the Kingdom in the sermon 
on the mount ; and when he yet sits on the throne of David 
we will see the golden rule of that sermon administered. 
Peace on earth. He returned to the city of his boyhood at 
Nazareth and they led the king out to the brow of the hill 
and would have cast him over, but he escaped through their 
midst and then he said to his disciples, "Unto you it is 
given to know the mysteries of the KINGDOM; but unto 
_ them it is not given" and in mystery form he revealed in 
many parables that the kingdom could not come now ; the 
King would "go far into a far country AND RETURN." 
That his faithful ones would rule and reign with him -when 
he came back in Royal splendor. "After a long time the 
lord of those servants will return and reckon;" and woe to 
them that are foolish and not ready and watching. 

Now, behold the workings of the wonder-working God. 
In the evening of the sixth, thousand-year day, the Jews 
returning to their native country, now in the hands of 
friends, at an amazing rate and wealthy Jews pouring out 
their money so that it may be so. Dreams of again populat- 
ing their native land with the suffering of their race from 
all the countries where they have been persecuted ever 
since they crucified their King and cried out "his blood be 



upon us and our children." Returning to where the King- 
shall sit on the THRONE OF HIS FATHER DAVID to 
rule the nations in righteousness and they, there, ready for 
the King through whom they will rule the world. "A nation 
born in a day" is beginning to be forecast as a possibility. 
Behold, also, how the world is thinking in terms of a world 
kingdom; never before have the nations tried to form a 
world power. Never before, a League of Nations. Never 
before a World Court. 

May I conclude this paper with the words of an Israel- 
ite? I quote from Paul in Romans 11. "I say then, hath 
God cast away his people? God forbid. * * * God hath not 
cast away his jjeople * * * there is a remnant according to 
the election of grace. I say then, have they stumbled that 
they should fall? God forbid. But rather through their 
fall, salvation has come to the Gentiles. * * * if their fall be 
the riches of the world * * * how much more their fulness? 
* * * Blindness in i^art is happened to Israel, until the ful- 
ness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be 
saved ; as it is written, there shall come out of Zion a De- 
liverer and SHALL TURN UNGODLINESS AWAY FROM 
JACOB. FOR THIS IS MY COVENANT when I SHALL 
TAKE AWAY THEIR SINS * * * FOR THE GIFTS AND 
THE CALLINGS OF GOD ARE WITHOUT REPENT- 
ANCE." And once more from the Annunciation: "Fear 
not Mar-y: for thou hast found favor with God; Thou shalt 
In-ing forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus." And 
Matthew adds "for he sliall save the people from their 
sins". (Back to the annunciation) "He shall be great, and 
shall be called the Son of the Highest and the Lord God 
shall give unto him the THRONE of his FATHER DAVID ; 
and HE SHALL REIGN over the HOUSE OF JACOB FOR- 
]<:VER and of his KINGDOM THERE SHALL BE NO 
END." 

Now, I know that it is objected that this is not a neces- 
sary part of the gospel; that God will take care of the 
Throne of David and therefore, we need not concern our- 
selves aboi;t the details of the Divine Plan. But it is a part 
of the Gospel and therefore the whole gospel is not preached 
unless we preach this. Personally, I know that it is attrac- 
tive to the people. More than that, I know that it has an 
appeal to the Jew. Certainly, that Chi'istian who can tell 
the Jew that all these glorioTis promises of the Old Testa 
ment Scriptures are yet in the plan of God, has a message 
that will beget hope and faith. Perhaps, the reason so many 
Jews are infidel and hopeless today, is because so few teach- 
ers and pi'eachers pay attention to this other half of the . 
gospel of the Son of God. If we preach that the suffering 
Messiah has come to "save the people from their sins," let 
us also pi-each that "He shall sit on the throne of David 
and laile over the House of Jacob FOREVER." 

Ashland, Ohio. 

AN OPEN DOOR 

The life that is lived in steady contemplation of God is 
not only firm and roomy, but is characterized by daily en- 
largement. Every day the Lord opens doors to the conse- 
crated life. Words that hitherto had no meaning throw 
open their doors and unveil their wealth. Promises, that 
have hitherto been under lock and key, fling their doors ajar, 
and invite us to partake of their treasure. We don't know 
just where we shall find the open door. Sometimes a lowly 
service confronts us. We discharge the humble task, and in 
the act of obedience we find we have passed through an 
open door into an enlarged conception of "the inheritance 
of the saints in light." In the old castle at Edinbui'gh, the 
way of the Crown Jewels leads through a very humble door- 
way and through a very dingy and circuitous passage. The 
humble doorways of common duties are frequently the way 
to the room where God keeps his jewels. The Lord is ever 
giving us new opportimities, fresh chances, that day by day 
we may grow in grace and in the knowledge of him. It is 
his will that we should grow daily in finer discernment, 
richer affection, and more brilliant hope. — Dr. John H. Jow- 
ett, in "Books by the Traveler's Way." 



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"The Slanderer" 

By Edythe R. Hall 



He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that ut- 
tereth a slander, is a fool — Proverbs 10:18. 

I think the slanderer is well represented as a serpent 
with a characteristic human head, coiled in the grass, strik- 
ing with an arrow-tipped tongue into the bleeding heart of 
its victim. 

Jealousy and envy are the sac of poison under the slan- 
derer's tongue. Love and honor never engage in this vile 
business. Truly does a great poet, style slander, by way 
of personification: 

"Slander, 

Whose edge is sharper than the sword; whose tongue 

Outvenoms all the woi-ms of Nile." 

The victim of slander truly suffers more than the vic- 
tim of theft, as, with a consciousness of innocence, he en- 
dures a lifetime of shame Avithout the power of defense. Our 
friends may hold us innocent and stand by us, but the world 
Avill think of the dove as soiled and the lamb as spotted. 
Our enemies especially will keep the skeleton of a dead 
slander upon our track, and but a few of them are generous 
enough to grant, much less prove, our innocence. 

There are even churches, where some of the members 
gossip, scandalize and slander each other, and sometimes 
slander their pastor, thereby making his way hard. 
Churches that engage in this sort of thing are bound to 
lose their prestige and will never regain it. Such a feeling 
should not exist among Christians. Think of the effect it 
has on people outside the church. There should be a marked 
difference between Christian people and people of the world. 
Slander is an evil genius, a cunning fiend which stalks its 
prey at noonday and springs upon its victims at midliight. 
Deep down in the hottest hell, where dwells the foulest 
devil, will be the eternal abode of the serpent-tongued slan- 
derer. 

There is a lot of jealousy and envy in our churches to- 
day. The Bible says, ' ' Jealousy is as cruel as the grave : 
the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most ve- 
hement flame." Shenstone has well defined jealousy as the 
"fear of apprehension of superiority;" and envy, "our un- 
easiness under it." Shakespeare called jealousy "the green- 
eyed monster which doth mock the meat it feeds on." In 
fact, jealousy and envy are the product of small minds. It 
i.s always an inferior jealous of its superior, you never find 
a superior jealous of its inferior. Do not be jealous, if 
someone can do a certain thing better than you can. All 
poeple are not talented along the same lines. The church 
should let and encourage its members to do the things that 
they can do the best, and no one should feel jealous and 
envious because certain persons can do certain things bet- 
ter than others and should not try to push and vote them 
down, biit should give encouragement so they can develop 
their talent still more and be of greater service to the Lord. 

Of all the vices to which nature is subject, slandering 
and jealousy are the most detestable, being compounded by 
fraud, cowardice and revenge. It destroys those principles 
of mutual confidence and security. 

.Slandering and jealousy are cowardly. They soon find 
their crowd and then .spend their time in scandalizing some 
innocent person. A bit of scandal is to them a sugar-plum 
which they roll in their mouth and divide with each other: 
and the plum grows as it rolls from mouth to mouth. They 
find a fiendish delight in the spread of neighborhood gossip. 
Slanderers have a reckless disregard for truth and honest 
reputation. We are often astonished at some of the people 
that engage in this sort of thing, for truly it is the vilest 
business of mankind. 

The treatment of slander is an important consideration. 
The slandered man or woman occupies a difficult position. 
He needs most of all the grace of patience and forbearance, 
or fortitude and braveiy. The question then arises, "How 
shall I treat scandal and slander?" We should never be in 



too big a hurry, or too hasty, and never pay any attention 
unless dignity and duty demands defense, and when defense 
is impossible, wait on God. Slander will -run its course 
after a while, and though the one slandered may never be 
pronounced innocent by all, yet character mitainted Avill 
shine again like the sun through the clouds, even if the sky 
never becomes altogether clear. Socrates said: "Slanders 
do not hurt me, because they do not hit me, ' ' but we do not 
all have the rugged mountain grandeur of Socrates. Slan- 
ders do hit and hurt some innocent people, sometimes rend 
families, churches and neighborhoods, leaving for awhile the 
desolation of the cyclone on its track; and it takes manhood 
and Christianity to await until the storm passes over. The 
surest method against scandal is to live it down by perse- 
verance in well-doing, and by prayer to God. After all, 
God and time and well-doing are the best remedies for 
slander, so far as the effect of it may ever be cured. Slander, 
is one of the Christian's crosses and if well borne will lead 
to a higher Christian life. It is comforting to know that 
the birds pick at the best and highest fruit upon the tree. 
The best people in the world are slandered; and only the 
good and useful can be. Of course there is a negative, good- 
for-nothing good of Avhich none speak evil. To such Jesus 
spake when he said, "Woe unto you when all men speak 
well of you." 

Slander makes the true man examine himself to see 
whether or not the things said of him be true. A great 
writer once said, "that he never grew angry at slandei's 
and scandals; for if they were true, he tried to improve his 
life above them; if false, he would ultimately shine all the 
brighter by them. ' ' This is true that the result of a slander 
lived doAvn will purify and brighten the character of the 
slandered, though he may never regain his lost reputation 
or position in the eyes of CA^erybody. Tuper gives us good 
advice when he says: 

"If a liar accuseth thee of evil, be not swift to answer, 
You give him the license for awhile ; it shall be thine honor 
afterward. ' ' 

Let us therefore drive all slandering, envy and jealousy 
out of our churches and practice the laAv of kindness. Noth- 
ing pays so well in return, and nothing is so easy in its in- 
vestment. 

Harrisonburg, Virginia. 



WHAT THE BIBLE MEANS TO SOME CHILDREN 

During December a request was receiA'^ed by the Society 
from the AVeek-day Scliool of Religion, Dayton, Ohio, for a 
number of copies of the booklet entitled "John 3:16," con- 
taining some specimens of the 770 languages and dialects 
into Avhich the Bible verse has been translated. The book- 
lets Avere supplied free of charge, and Avere distributed dur- 
ing the "Oavu Your Oavu Bible" campaign conducted by the 
school. 

A letter Avas received in due time thanking the Society 
for the booklets and telling of the delight Avith Avhich the 
boys and girls received them. 

It Avas especially interesting to learn some of the re- 
sponses Avhich came from fifth grade children in ansAver to 
tlie question: "Why should an American boy or girl study 
the Bible?" A fcAV of the ansAvers given folloAv: 

"If we didn't study the Bible, the earth Avouldn't prog- 
ress, and the people Avould form bad habits, and there should 
be fighting." 

"American boys should study the Bible, because it gives 
them the spirit to be good and to mind their parents and to 
help others at all times." 

"I Avant to study the Bible because I Avant to learn 
about God and be directed on the right road. If I see any- 
one, I will tell them to read the Bible and help our country 
to be the leading country in civilization." 



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My Bible and I in 1926 

By G. C. Carpenter, D.D. 



"Do you know your Bible, my little child?" was the 
question asked of a little girl who had come to a certain 
Sunday school for the first time. At once she thought of the 
large unread family Bible in her home and made this quick 
reply to her teacher 's question : ' ' Oh, yes, I know everything 
that's in it; sister's young man's johoto is in it, an' ma's 
recipe for face cream, an' a lock of my hair cut off when I 
was a baby, an' the ticket for pa's watch." . 

"Do you know your Bible? How can you live it if you 
do not know it ? Not what is in it, but what it is. Why is 
it that the safest place on earth for storing keepsakes is the 
large family Bible? Perhaps it is because it is too large for 
convenient use, but it is more likely that it is because the 
Book in any size is seldom used in the home. Nobody both- 
ers hence it becomes the family safety box. 

The greatest need in the world today is that many more 
people know what is in the Bible and then live that truth in 
daily life. A general disregard for the law of God and the 
law of man characterizes the present generation. And the 
serious results are patent to every thinking person. What 
the end will be if the present reign of lawlessness continues 
is alarming. 

What an opportunity these three months to know what 
is in the Gospel according to John, as this book is studied 
in our Sunday schools. John says that he wrote the book 
"that ye may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of 
God; and that believing ye may have life in his name." 
Life itself is serious. A Philadelphia preacher, not of the 
Brethren church, used as the subject of a New Year sermon : 
"Life is a Joke, so Laugh." Multitudes take that attitude 



toward the Bible, the principles of righteousness and' the 
soul's destiny, but blessed and thrice blessed are they Avho 
know the Bible that they may know and do the will of 
God. 

Let every one walk with Jesus and live his life in 1926. 

May his Word be a Lamp unto our feet and a Light 
unto our pathway. 

Hagerstown, Maryland. 



A NEW FORM BUT THE OLD SPIRIT 

It cannot have been intended that the Church of Christ 
should remain forever in her primitive condition in all re- 
spects. It is the nature of a seed to grow, to attack its sur- 
roundings, to absorb and transform them, and thus to be- 
come all that lay within it to be. To become, for example, 
a tree whose roots pierce more and more deeply into the 
nature of things, whose branches spread upwards and out- 
wards to the sun and the sky. It is in the nature of all 
spirit to take to itself a body or form — a body which at once 
defends the spirit from assault and enables the spirit to ex- 
press itself. But the church, though she may never again 
return to her first pattern, just as she will never return to 
her first numbers, may and must retain as her one dear 
treasure that spirit, that idea, that grace, that outlook upon 
things and up into God, which at first was all her glory. 
She may and must show forth the primitive generosity and 
fellow-feeling amongst her members, the indubitable reflec- 
tion also of her only Lord. — John A. Hatton, in "As at the 
First." 



THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



TEXT: 



The Mission and Method of the Master 

By L. G.^Wood 

"This is a faithful saying- and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world 
to save sinners; of whom I am chief." — 1 Timothy 1:15. 



There is much being said and written these days about 
Methods, Missions, Plans and Programs, and these are all 
useless, except as they center in a person and direct the 
mind and the heart of man toward that Person. It is very 
significant, that the great Apostle, who is the, author of our 
text, always found the personal Savior at the heart of every 
message of good news, even describe him as the Personality 
of all TRUTH. "If so be that ye have heard him, and have 
been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus" (Eph. 4:21). 

The text lends itself to a most beautiful outline of six 
great propositions, which we will try to notice briefly in 
their order. 

I. "This is a faithful saying." These word's certainly 
represents a sure declaration, concerning the Mission and 
Method of the Master. The Bible contains more than three 
thousand promises, and these stand out as the unan!5wered 
challenge of God to man. Inspiration also tells us that wc 
"have also a more sure word of prophecy" than the audible 
voice from heaven (2 Peter 1:18-19). We understand that 
to mean simply this: Fulfilled prophecy, is "more sure" as 
a permanent evidence to man of the Inspiration of the Scrip- 
tures, and this is based on a clear statement as to the source 
of inspiration: "For the prophecy came not in old time by 
the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were 
MOVED by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21). In the last 
book of the Old Testament God, through the prophet, lays 
down a challenge to man in these words: "Prove me and 
see if I will not pour jow out a blessing" (Mai. 3:10). 



"Faithful is he that ealleth you, who also will do it" (1 
Thes. 5:24). "Neverthleess the foiuidation of God stand- 
eth sure" (2 Tim. 2:19). "These sayings are faithful and 
true" (Rev. 22:6). 

II. "Worthty of all acceptance." 'This is not only 
worth}', but is a safe investment of that which is most 
precious of life. This investment not only means the trans- 
formation of our lives but also our participation in the 
divine nature. "Whereb.y are given to us exceedingly great 
and precious promises : that by these ye might be partakers 
of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is 
in the world through lust" (2 Pet. 1 :4). This is the means 
by which we make our "calling and election sure," and 
shall receive an 'abimdant entrance into the everlasting 
Kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." 

It is frequently said that "Christianity is worth all that 
it costs" which is indeed true, for Christ-likeness is the real 
demand of our manhood. No one can pay too much for an 
infinite relationship. "And every one that hath forsaken 
houses, or brethren, or sisters, or fathers, or mothers, or 
wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive 
an hundred fold, and shall inherit everlasting life" (Matt. 
19:29). 

III. "Jesus Christ came." Those three words involve 
all there is in a Divine mission. A mission regarded by 
angels as sublime, and of everlasting interest. 

At his incarnation, angels accounted it their highest 
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of peace, and the Jiidean hills rang clear that night, by the 
angel choir, "Gloi-y to God in the highest, on earth peace 
and good will to man." His entire earthly life seemed to 
be accompanied by an angelic host. In the wilderness of 
temptation, in the garden, on the cross and at the tomb, 
then they furnished his escourt to Glory. The apostolic 
Peter writing about the great Mission of the Master, said: 
"Which things the angels desired to look into." 

If the angels, who did not need salvation, were so much 
interested in this great mission, su7'ely we who are so vi- 
tally concerned, should hail HIM with rapture, 

IV. "Into the world," This is certainly a needy place. 
The natural trend of this old world (world order) is away 
from God. There is a great deal of carnality in the world 
today, and sometimes a bit of it creeps into the church, and 
what ever the "carnal mind" is, it is at "enmity against 
God" (Rom. 8:7). 

The Bible not only describes this present world order 
Son of God. "Who gave himself for our sins, that he might 
as evil, but also veveals the deliverer in the person of the 
deliver us from this present evil Avorld, according to the 
will of God and our Father" (Gal. 1:4). The friendship of 
the world does not pi'omote the work of the Kingdom of 
Christ. "Know ye not that the friendship of the world is 
enmity of God" (Jas. 4:4). 

John also describes the world by its works, as "lusts of 
the flesh," "lusts of the eyes", and "the pride of life." 
These are the "ear marks" of woi-ldliness, and not worthy 
of the Christian's affection because "the world passeth 
away, and the lusts thereof: but he that doeth the will of 
God abideth forever" (1 John 2:15-17). 

Christian ! Rejoice that Christ Jesus came into this 
sin-blighted world; then rejoice again, that he has called 
you and me to be his representatives in this needy place. 
May we so live and so serve that his call to us may not have 
been in vain. 

V. ' ' To save sinnei's ' '. This is the greatest proposition 
that can engage human thought, because it implies the ex- 
ercise of Infinite power, in behalf of unworthy sinners, with 
but one promoting motive: "GOD SO LOVED." 

This is an infinite task, which came by a heavenly 
birth, and while we can not perform it, we can lead a soul 
into the presence of the ONE who can save. When Chris- 
tians LIVE the Gospel as well as teach it by word of mouth, 
they too can i-av with the Apostle: "For I am not ashamed 
of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the POWER of God unto 
salvation" (Rom. 1:16). Salvation is throiigh. and by, the 
WORD and not independent of it. The WORD of the Gos- 
pel is backed up by HIM who sealed his testimony Avith his 
own blood. One can not be born of the Spirit, imtil he is 
bc^gotten of the WORD. "Of his own will begat he us witli 
the WORD of TRUTH, that we should be a kind of fir.st- 
fruits of his creatures . . . Wherefore lay apart all filthiness 
and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness 
the INGRAFTED WORD, which is able to save vour souls" 
(Jas. 1:18-21). 

When the writer to the Hebrews declares "Jesus Clirist 
the same yesterdoy, and today, and forever" (Heb. 13:8), 
he not only presents the changeless CIHIIST, but also rec- 
ognizes the world's three dates in the divine economy. On 
Sinai, God asked for TToliuess, spelled with a "W" (Wholi- 
ness). On Calvai-y God provided for that same type of 
Wholiness, and at the Judgent he will require that same 
type of completeness in Christ. The Mission and Method 
of the Master has given the church a redemptive work to 
do, therefore it must stem the tide of modern ideas to main- 
tain its proper place and dignity. The church of Jesus 
Christ is not a play house : it is not a social club : it is not 
a banqueting hall : it is not a hotel lobby, a fire escape, nor 
a side-show. But are not these absorbing too much of the 
church's time and activity today? 

May we ever remember the wonderful words of the 
Master: "As Father hath sent me into the world, even 
so SEND I YOU." As the "Pillar and ground of the truth" 
it is the i-epresentative of Chi-ist on earth, passive in the 



hands of the Holy Spirit, and the conservator of grace and 
puiity. I don't think Luther Burbank's recent infidel state- 
ments should be dignified with any comments from Christian 
intelligence. 

W^hen a man tries to make-believe that Christianity is 
a delusion and that the Bible is out of date ; and that it has 
been left beliiud in the onward march of human knowledge 
and progress ; IT ONLY PRO^^TES THAT HIS OWN BRAIN 
HAS BECOME MUDDLED AND THAT HE HAS LOST 
HIS BEARINGS. We thank God that the old Star of hope 
still shines brightly, and that HE is the unchangeable guide 
out of time into eternity, out of sin into holiness, out of 
death into life. We still have with us that true scholarship, 
which paiises in reverence at the threshold of RE^^5LA- 
TION. 

In whatever age or country, there is a spiritual mod- 
esty, which always accompanies the highest intellectual 
achievements. Newton, after his epoch-making discovery 
of the process of gravitation, when praised for this great 
achievement, said modestly, "I feel like a little child who 
has only picked up a few pebbles, beside the great ocean of 
unexplored tiaith." May Ave labor and pray for the increase 
of that scholarship, Avhich finds its chief delight, in folloAv- 
ing the blood prints of the feet of the man of Galilee. 

The greatest thing in the mission of the Christ, Avas that 
of offering himself as the world's SaA'ior, and the greatest 
thing his church can do is to make him knoAvn to the Avorld. 
All of the opposers of the Chri.st Avill one day reach that 
place of confessed defeat, that the defeated Emperor Julian 
of the fourth centuiy reached in his death struggle Avhen 



®ur Morsbfp program 

A Devotional Reading of Matthew's Gospel 
(Clip and put in A'our Bible for convenience.) 

MONDAY 

THE TRUE BROTHERHOOD— Matt. 12:46-50. 

Jesus places spiritual relationships far above 'the ties 
of blood and makes obedience to the will of God the 
qualifications for sharina; in that blessed relationship. 
TUIISDAY 

RECEPTION' OF THE WORD— Matt. 13:1-9. 

How many barren souls, in which the noises of the 
world have drowned the voice of God! How many a re- 
sponse is but a bit of shallow emotion! How many are 
onh' partially surrendered! But give the Word of God 
a chance, and behold, how abundant and satisfying are 
the results! 

WEDNESDAY 

THE LAW OF DISCERNMENT— Matt. l.S: 10-17. 

He who has an open mind is ever receiving new and 
more glorious truth, but he whose mind is prejudiced and 
unreccptive is living in self-imposed darkness. 
THTTESDAY 

THE MASTER EXPLAINS— Matt. 13:18-23. 

It is always so — .lesus makes plain the my.steries of 
the Kingdom to those who earnestly and humbly seek the 
larger truth. 

FRIDAY 

GOOD AND EVIL SEED— Matt. 13:24-30. 

The same soil that grows wheat will also grow tares, 
and the more carefully the heart is prepared for the 
good the more earnestly the devil will contend for a 
place in it. 

SATURDAY 

AN UNFOLDING OF TRUTH— Matt. 13:3.5-43. 

Two warnings are here: first, against hasty and sum- 
mary action against the false in the kingdom lest the 
good be injured; and second, against discouragement in 
the presence of the evil, for it will surely be detected 
and destroyed, but the righteous shall share the glory of 
heaven 's brightness. 

StTNDAY 

GROWING AND SPREADING- Matt. 13:31-35. 

The Kingdom of heaven in its beginning is small like 
the mustard seed, and like it also it has life and is des- 
tined to grow and become strong and great. It is also 
like leaven, for it is to grow quietly, unobtrusively, per- 
vasiA'elv, until it has spread througliout the whole earth. 
— G. S." B. 



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he exclaimed, "THOU HAST CONQUERED, NAZA- 
RENE!" Obedience to the truth purifies the soul. "Seeing 
we have purified your souls in obeying the ti'uth through 
the Spirit, unto mifeigned love of the brethren, see that ye 
love one another with a pure heart fervently, being born 
again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the 
WORD of God, which liveth and abideth forever" (1 Pet. 
1:23). There is also an awful consequence of not believing 
the truth. "That they all might be damned who believe not 
the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness . . . God hath 
from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sancti- 
fication of the Spirit and belief of the TRUTH"" (2 Thes- 
2:12-13). 

These are my only pleas for a Whole Bible doctrine in 
faith, in practice and in service, and upon this basis rests 
all 01 those beautiful doctrines, which distinguish as as a 
people. The Brethren church furnishes an opportunity to 
to each of its members, to pay full honor to the TRUTH, 
and also to enlist the full measure of heart devotion in the 
service of him who is TRUTH. Therefore we seek untarn- 
ished truth in liaptism, feet-washing. Lord's Supper, Com- 
munion, confirmation, anointing and salutation. How much 
these assist the believer in the interpretation of the will of 
cur Master. 

VI. "Of whom I am chief." This is a personal confes- 
.sion and necessary in order to claim our part in his great 
Mission. He is the Son of God because he transforms human 
lives, even to this day. It is our high privilege to crown 
him Lord of our lives here and now. The Mission and the 
Method of the Master is demanding more of us than tolera- 
tion or respect, it is demanding a real, personal relationship. 

This vital relationship has been experienced by some in 
every age of the world history. Behold that sweet gleam of 
iiope and faith in the eyes of dying legions, whose last words 
have been: "My Jesus I love thee, I know thou art mine." 

Our Master will never be satisfied with our admiration 
of him, but his great heai't is longing for our identification 
with him. May we thus partake of that great inheritance 
of the Saints in Light. 

One With Him 

O. le when ne died 
One when he rose. 

One when he triumphed over his foes, 
One when in heaven he took his seat 
And heaven rejoiced over hell's defeat." 
Fort Scott, Kansas. 



I 



Christ on Calvary 

The strangest thing in all the history of the universe is 
the Ci'oss, and yet the divinest thing. It pours contempt 
over the glory of material things. It makes the glory ol 
God in the heavens and in the fii-mament, which are his own 
handiwork, pale away into insignificance. Yet it was a 
cross, a bloody cross; it had all its sorrow, yet God was on 
it. It is through Christ crucified that God is known. He 
is the power of God and the wisdom of God ; and if ever the 
demonstration of the truth that God is a Spirit was fur- 
nished to the world, it was by the Christ on Calvaiy. If the 
opposite were true, that God is not spiritual, then we should 
have wanted pomp and state and ceremony to accompany 
the Son of God. But such was not, and is not, the case. The 
crucified and risen Savior is the supreme revelation of God. 

He breaks down every barrier between us and God and 
leads us into the holy of holies. All may now come near in 
full assurance of faith, and they that come shall find' that 
God is nearer than they ever dreamed, nearer than anything 
else in the imiverse, so near that, if they will but hold on 
to him, he and they will grow together into one — "they all 
shall be one" — perfected and cemented in eternal union 
^rith him, now and hereafter, even forevermore. — ^"Ser- 
mons, Lectures, and Addresses," by Alpheus Waters, Wil- 
son, D.D., L.L.D., The Cokesbury Press, Nashville, Ten- 
nessee, 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 



Man's Reward 

By Mrs. Leslie Lindower 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before 
men, to be seen of them : else ye have no reward with your 
Father who is in heaven. When therefore thou doest alms, 
sound not a ti-umpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the 
synagogues and in the streets, that they may have golry of 
men. Verily I say inito you, they have received their re- 
ward'. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand 
know what thy right hand doeth ; that thine alms may be in 
secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret shall recompense 
thee. And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites : 
for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in 
the corners of the sti-eets, that they may be seen of men. 
,Verily I say unto you, they have received their reward. But 
thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, 
and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in 
secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense 
thee (Matt.6: 1-6). 

OUR MEDITATION 

In these six verses we are exhorted to do our alms 
without ostentation and display; not to be lauded of men, 
thus gaining worldly prestige, but to be as secretive as pos- 
sible, receiving no commendation from men, but an everlast- 
ing reward from the Father. There are some magnanimous 
people, no doubt, who, if known for their beneficence, would 
be eulogized to the extent of human satisfaction. However, 
they wisely understand the truth in Jesus' teaching that if 
rewarded by men, it is the only reward, and justly so, for 
the Father does not reward such giving. The figure Jesus 
so clearly sets forth explains that secrecy the Christian 
should maintain concerning his benevolence. The hypo- 
crites, he said, sounded a trumpet before them to gain favor 
in man'e eye. Yet we who call ourselves Christians must 
beware of display. Though we "sound not oiu- trumpets," 
we are very prone to forget or disregard the admonition to 
secrecy. The Father's reward will take place on the judg- 
ment day when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed. 
Yet even in this life there is the reward of a good conseince 
and of God's approval. 

This appeal for private worship or "praying in the 
closet" does not disparage public prayers and worship, be- 
cause Christ commended this emphatically, both in precept 
and practice. But private prayer offers a test of sincerity 
Avhich public worship does not. 

It is an important truth that some prayers are merely 
a recital of eloquent words and phi-ases, which reach no 
higher than the ceiling overhead. There are also, for which 
we ai-e thankful, those unpretentious prayers that fall from 
the lips of Christians, scarcely audible to man but clear and 
beautiful to the Father. 

The Christian can be, and generally is, inspired and 
comforted by this passage which shows that regardless of 
how small may be our gifts or how unpolished or faulty our 
prayers, if we are sincere, our efforts will surely be reward- 
ed. So we may rejoice at man's disregard or ignorance of 
our bravest efforts, while oiir hearts within us sing because 
"Thy Father which seeth in secret shall recompense thee." 
OUR PRAYER 

Our loving Father, may we ever be sincere in seiwing 
thee. Help us to remember that thy commendation is worth 
infinitely more than men's praise. Be our guide throughout 
this life and guide us into that future life of perfection. 

Ashland, Ohio. 



The church began its working life on the day on which 
one young man said to another, "Come and see. "—Charles 
E. Jefferson. 



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SEND 
WHITE GLFT 
OFEEEING TO 



THE SUNDAY SCHOOL 



MAETIN SHIVELT 

Treasurer 

Ashland, OMo 



Editor's Select Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

{Lesson for February 2J) 
Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead 



Scripture Iiesson — John 11:1 to 12:11. 

Printed Text— John 11:32-44. 

Devotional Reading — 1 Cor. 15:50-58. 

Golden Text — I am the resurrection and 
the life; he that believeth on mc, though he 
die, j-et shall he live. — John 11:25. 
LESSON LIGHTS 

(From the Illustrated Quarterly). 

Lazarus is the Greek form of Hebrew 
Eleazar, which means "God is my help." He 
was not the Lazarus of the parable (Luke 
16:20), nor is there any evidence that he was 
the lich young man of Matthew 19:16. He 
was probably younger than Mary, and Mar- 
tha was probably the oldest of the three. 
He must have been a young man of fine char- 
acter to be so loved by Jesus. 

The Mysterious Delay 

(1) It may have been necessary in order to 
complete some work in which he was en- 
gaged; and it was to the glory of God and 
his Son that he should place duty before all 
considerations of personal feeling. The 
brightest stars in the crown of some of the 
greatest characters, stars which shine down 
the ages when almost all else is forgotten. 
are the deeds of duty and patriotism at th( 
cost of help for one nearest and dearest. (2) 
' ' This delay was necessary to the consumma- 
tion of the miracle of the resurrection of 
Lazarus in such form as to forever prohibit 
the impression that death had not really tak- 
en place." (3) It was needful to develop and 
increase the faith and love of the Bethany 
family and his disciples, and give them a 
vision of the future life and their Savior's 
power, such as can be seen only from the 
depth of sorrow. (4) It would lead many to 
believe on Jesus, and thus glorify the 8on 
(v. 45). (5) Jesus himself was soon to lie 
three days in the grave; if, therefore, he was 
able to raise up Lazarus after four days' bur- 
ial, they would have stronger faith in the 
resurrection of Jesus from his three days ' 
burial. (6) It has been to the glory of the 
Son of God, in that it has shown to all gen- 
erations that Jesus is the resurrection and the 
life. 

Christ did not come to the hi'lp of the dis- 
ciples, storm tossed on the Sea of Galilee, till 
the fourth wateh of the night, when tin y 
were nearly worn out with rowing; and even 
tjicn "he would have passed by them." 

Christ does not shield his followers from 
sickness and sorrow and death. ' ' As if a 
general in the army would, because of his fal- 
tering heart, refuse to let his son take the 
post of danger; as if he would not rather. 
wish for that son — aye, with a great pang in 
his own soul — that he should be the bravest, 
t'le most daring, the one most exposed to tiie 
deadliest hazard." 

Lazarus' Grave 

Tl. trad'tioi c\ g.'-ave of Lazarus now 
shown at Bethany is an excavation dug in 
the ground, and steps lead down to it: 



"cave," however, points rather to a natural 
or artificial hollow in a cliff, with an upright 
entrance against which a stone slab was 
placed to keep out the wild beasts — such a 
cave-tomb as was soon to receive the body 
of the Crucified. "This, like many other 
touches in the narrative, indicates the social 
position of the Bethany family. It was not 
a common burial-place among many, but like 
what we call a family vault." — Prof. John 
Laidlow. 

The Prudent Withdrawal 
The Sanhedrin decree was published — not 
the sentence of death, but the decree for his 
arrest, and the command for information as 
to his whereabouts to be given. Christ knew 
that his death was inevitable, and had freely 
foretold it for months, but he would not need- 
lessly hasten it, and probably realized that 
it should take place at the coming passover. 



Therefore he cut short his public addresses 
and his working of miracles, and withdrew 
into the wild region east of Jerusalem which 
had been the refuge of so many fugitives, and 
where John the Baptist had lived and 
preached. A town was there called Ephraim, 
and there Jesus lodged. Its location is un- 
known. Eusebius placed it eight miles north- 
east of Jerusalem and Jerome twenty miles 
from the city in the same direction. There 
our Lord remained, awaiting the sacred feast 
which meant so much to the Jews and to him- 
self. 

Inspires Deeper Devotion 
Another result of this miracle was the still 
deeper love of the sisters to their Master— 
if that was possible. On Jesus' return to 
Judea for the Passover, a few weeks after 
the raising of Lazarus, he stayed as he often 
had, at the Bethany home. But this time 
Mary did not content herself with sitting at 
his feet and listening to his words. The 
supper which was made in the Master's hon- 
or may have been the thought of Martha, 
(Continued on page 15) 



The White Gift Offering-Second Report 



My last report was written on January 8, 
and as you will see below, quite a number of 
Sunday schools have sent in their offering, as 
it will appear below. If the name of your 
Sunday school or church does not appear, it 
might be a good thing for you to make in- 
quiry of the proper officers, as to why it is 
not included in this report. 

The amount announced on January 8 w-as 

$2,199.87 
.Since then, offerings have ben as fololws: 
Woostcr, W. M. S., for Fairhaven,. $ 5.00 

Salem, W. Va., 11.00 

Eaystown, Pa., 5.25 

Paul Studebaker family 5.00 

Nappanco, Imliana, 68.50 

Jliddlobranch, Ohio, 32.62 

Udell, Iowa, 10.00 

Canton, Ohio, 67.27 

Warsaw, Indiana, 32.15 

Lanark, 111., additional, 118.62 

Dutchtown, Indiana, 5.00 

Denver, Indiana, 6.03 

Philadelphia, Pa., 3rd Ch 33.00 

Mrs. Jacob Swartz, 5.00 

Teegardcn, Indiana, .85 

Waterloo, Iowa, 194.48 

Calvary, New Jersey, 5.00 

Mexico, Indiana 66.00 

Milledgeville, Illinois, 50.7.3. 

Gretna, Ohio 32.00 

Roanoke, Indiana, 4.00 

Limestone, Tennessee 23.50 

Isaac Murray family, 5.00 

Myersdale, Pa. 1 00.00 

Oakville, Ind., additional, 1.00 

Eoann, Indiana 51.12 

Campbell, Michigan, 34.00 

Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 22.00 

Pleasant Grove, Iowa 13.87 

Milford. Indiana, 15.50 

Hagerstown, Marj-land, 150.00 



Lathrop, California, 

Maurertown, Virginia, 

Center Chapel, Indiana, . . . . 

.Smithville, Ohio, 

Glenf ord, Ohio, 

Terra Alta, West Virginia, . 

Leon, Iowa, 

Ardmore, Indiana, 

Dayton, Ohio, additional, . . . 

Sterling, Ohio, 

Sunnyside, Washington, 

J. S'. C. Spickerman, 

Johnstown, Pa., 3rd Church, 
Uniontown, Pennsylvania, . . 
Hagerstown, Md., additional, 

Peru, Indiana, 

Mrs. H. D. Engle, 

Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania, 

J. W. Beer, 

Morrill, Kansas, 

North Liberty, Indiana, .... 

Elkhart, Indiana, 

Beaver City, Nebraska, 



12.02 
59.20 
17.70 
13.00 
20.85 
14.50 

8.90 
25.00 

5.00 
19.25 
91.11 

5.00 
22.02 
39.00 
12.50 
14.00 

1.00 
14.43 

5.00 
28.60 
19.51 
50.00 
15.00 



Total to February 4, .$3,885.95 

It will thus be seen that we are yet $2,- 
000.00 below the requirements of the budget 
for this year, but we know that there are a 
large number of our Sunday schools which 
have not reported, and we feel confident that 
when the last report is in, the entire amount 
shall have been provided. This is one of the 
few offerings to which practically every Sun- 
day school in the brotherhood makes a con- 
tribution, and because of that fact, your ex- 
ecutive officers felt led to plan for unusually 
big things for this year. We are very confi- 
dent that we shall not be disappointed. 

MAEOTN SHIVELT, Treasurer, 
National Sunday School Association of 
the Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio. 



FEBRUARY 10, 1926 



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J. A. GABBER, President 

Ashland, Ohio 

E. D. BAENAED, Associate 

Mansfield, Ohio 



Our Young People at Work 

(Yoling People's Topics in The Angelus by Thobum C. Lyon.) 



GIiADTS M. SPICE 

General Secretary 

2301 13th St., N. E., 

Canton, Ohio 



Christian Endeavor and the World and Citizenship 

By Charles W. Mayes 



Dear Christian Endeavorers: 

As I write doubtless some of you are twist- 
ing the dials on your radio, hoping to hear 
the voice of another tongue. Some of you 
will probably be fortunate enough to ' ' get 
Europe." Isn't it great? Doesn't it inspire 
you with wonder? What does it mean? 

We are face to face today with many evi- 
dences of the fact that the "world is a 
neighborhood." At the time America was 
discovered there was an almost insurmount- 
able barrier between one side of the world 
and the other. But not so today. Thoughts 
fly around the world indeed in the twinkling 
of an eye. Europe is just a good sized hon- 
eymoon trip. 

Now there is one thing in particular which 
every young American Christian ought to 
know. It is this: THIS WORLD NEIGH- 
BORHOOD SHpULD BE CONVERTED IN- 
TO A BROTHERHOOD IN CHRIST JESUS'. 
You should have a part in this great brother- 
hood effort. The Christian must remember 
these things. God is the true Father of the 
true Christian. !The true Christian is the true 
child of the true God. Jesus Christ is the 
true Son of the true God. We are joint heirs 
with Christ. A happy thought indeed it is 
to know that we are joint heirs with our 
Lord. But we should not be narrow. Christ 
belongs to the world. He did not die for the 
United States alone. He did not die for the 
white race alone. He gave himself for the 
world. 

Do not worry that your vision of Chris- 
tianity will be too big. Worry that it may 
be too small. If your vision does not include 
the world, e.xpand it. "God hath made of 
ONE every nation to dwell on the earth." 
The color of your skin and the wave in your 
hair make you no more precious in Gods ' eye 
than your brother on the other side of the 
globe. 

Now what makes a good citizen? Think 
awhile. The person who is a good citizen in 
the Kingdom of God will be a good Ameri- 
can citizen also. You should alreadj' be a 
citizen of the Kingdom of which Jesus Christ 
is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. You 
have entered that Kingdom by making 
Christ, iSavior and Lord. When your life is 
surrendered fully to the way, the truth, and 
the life, as revealed in the Son of God He is 
your Lord. Your surrender day is your com- 
mencement day. It is a day when you com- 
mence to be a subject to the true King. 

If one person surrenders himself to the 
complete program of Christ here in America 
and another person does the same thing in 
Africa, these two will be of the same mind, 
one toward the other even though thousands 
of miles separate them. The same Christ 
will be Lord over all. "Things equal to the 
same thing are equal to each other" is sure- 
ly not a mathematical truth only. 

Let every Endeavprer say, "WTiat would 



Jesus have me do?" He will then be an en- 
terprising and forward looking citizen. He 
will not be satisfied in allowing the horizon 
of his vision to rest upon himself. He will 
have the attitude of heart which will make 
for perfect relationship with men. Let the 
Christian ask, "What would Jesus have me 
do?" and the writer questions whether he 
will trot off to war at the first blow of the 
bugle. Ask the question and your heart will 
be fiUed with love. Answer the question and 
you make a good citizen. 

Let it be repeated that the Citizen of the 
Kingdom is the best American citizen. Get 
(Continued on page 15) 



JUNIOR ENDEAVOR 

By Virginia Haun 



( Topic for Februa ry 21) 

Every-Day Heroes. H.I . 1 1 



f 



Wc can all be heroes if we want to. Did 
you e\cs think of th;. -.? Some people think 
that there are only a few people who ever 
get a chance to do heroic things. Did you 
ever feel that you wished that something 
would happen so that you could do some act 
that everyone would praise? Maybe you 
even wished that there might be a fire or an 
accident somewhere near you so that you 
could show your bravery by rescuing some- 
one or something viluable. It is very fine 
to do this kind of heroic acts but just now 
we are going to talk about a different type 
of heroic deed. We are going to see if we 
can not think of some heroic things that we 
can do without waiting for a fire to give us 
an opportunity. 

A boy of nine was just starting forth to 
have a big time playing ball with his chums. 
As he reached the door he hef-,rd someone be- 
hind him and looking about found that his 
four year old sister was behind him. She 
smiled at him and said, "I want to go 
along, brother." He knew that he could not 
take her along to play ball for she might get 
hurt and was tempted to tell her to go in 
and stpy with their mother. Then he remem- 
bered that mother was not fesling very good, 
and he gave up his own plans with a smile. 
(Soon they were off to find playmates that 
both could have a good time with, where 
there would be no danger for the little girl. 
I consider that a really heroic act, don't you? 
It is hard to give up doing a thing when we 
have planned it. This little boy gave in 
willingly and with a smile. I wonder if 
everyone of us Juniors can not find a chance 
like this to be kind to a little brother or sis- 
ter. If we do, we shall show our heroic spirit. 

Another kind of hero is one who obeys his 
parents and teachers even in the face of dif- 



ficulties. Did you ever find it hard to do the 
thing you were told to do ? Sometimes we are 
given tasks just when we want most to do 
something else. We shall ba heroes if we 
learn to always obey when we are told to do 
a bit of work even though ws feel like whin- 
ing and trying to get out of doing it. Some- 
times when we have been doing a lot of 
things and feel that we should be allowed to 
stop and play, there comes a word from 
mother or father asking us to do some other 
work. It begins then to look Hie we are 
going to have to work all the time and never 
have any time to play. Did you ever feel 
like that? Well, next time you do, just .say 
to yourself. Here is my chance to be a hero, 
and hurry right into the job. You will find 
that the job will not seem so big or so hard 
if you do it willingly without stopping to ob- 
ject first. Then let us all remember to be 
ncroes by being obedient. 

Sometimes we are heroes when we just re- 
member to be kind to someone. A little news- 
boy fell down on the side of the street one 
time and a lady who wondered if he might 
have hurt himself, smiled at him as he got up 
and collected his papers. The smile of the 
lady made the boy so happy that he ran and 
caught up with her and thanked her. He told 
her that no one had ever smiled at him like 
that before. This little boy did not have a 
mother and he needed just the friendship of 
someone to make him happy. It is easy to 
be nice to others. In fact, it not only makes 
them happy but it makes us feel happier our- 
selves when we are friendly and kind, don't 
you think so? The time when it takes real 
heroism to be kind to someone is when that 
person is not as well known and liked as you 
are. When some little boy or girl who is 
poor and does not have very nice clothes 
comes to your school, remember that he or 
she wants friends, and if the children who 
are playing do not make this new one feel at 
home, then say to yourself, here fs a chance 
for me to be a hero. It will not always be 
easy, for someone may say to you," Come on 
and play and let her take care of herself." 
But remember that you can be a hero by be- 
ing kind to those who need friends and that 
will help you to do the right thing. 

Shall we remember these things and try 
hard to find chances to be heroes? There are 
other ways beside the ones that I have men- 
tioned. See if you can think of some of 
them. We shall be heroes if we remember to 
do our bit of work, and all that we do, with 
a smile on our faces. Shall we. Juniors, learn 
to be heroes? We can, if we try, so let us 
try. 

M., Feb. 15 Noah, who obeyed. Heb. 11:7. 
T., Feb. 16 David and the lion. 

1 /Sam. 17:34-37. 
W., Feb. 17 The boy that saved Paul. 

Acts 23:12-18. " 
T., Feb. 18 Peter, who overcame prejudice 

Acts 10:44-48. 
F., Feb. 19 Martha, who served. 

Luke 10:38-42. 
S., Feb. 20 A little slave girl. 2 Kings 5:14. 



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(Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BATJMAN, 

Financial Secretary Foreign Board 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California. 



MISSIONS 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 

WILLIAM A. GEAEHAET, 

Home Missionary Secretary, 

1106 American Savings Bldg., Dayton, OMo. 



Donald Fraser--"One Who Smiles with Any One" 



"Chisekesekc," the African-name given to 
the Rev. Donald Fraser, D.D., moans "one 
who smiles with any one." After many years 
in Xyasaland, Dr. Fraser has become Home 
Organization iSecretary of the Foreign Mis- 
sion Committee of the United Free Church of 
Scotland. The following address was pre- 
sented to Dr. Fraser by the African Chris- 
tian.s on his departure from the field: 

"We as members of the Mombera Xative 
Association, have heard with deep regret that 
you have received a call from the Home 
Church to leave your post here for ever that 
you may serve God in another noble work in 
Scotland. As by God's grace our eyes have 
been opened, we must frankly say that we 
have observed the following things in your 
long and blessed service: 

"1. 'The people among whom you came 
were utterly lost, so that their spiritual life 
was uncared for; but you, with your care for 
the salvation of souls, proved yourself an car- 
nest follower of Christ's Gospel by preaching 
and by opening schools in very many vil- 
lages, so that people in these villages might 
be redeemed from sin and its consequences. 
As the result of your preaching and opening 
of schools there is today many a saved soul. 
These arc the crown of your ceaseless activi- 
ties. 

"2. Your heart, which was full of compas- 
sion for the unsaved, was restless and unsat- 
isfied in spite of many conversions, and so 
you resolved to hold annual conventions for 
the following reasons: (a) to deepen Chris- 
tian truths in those already converted; (b) 
to bring to the Light those who were still in 
spiritual darkness. These conventions have 
been the means of salvation to hundreds of 
souls in Angoniland. 

"3. On the day when you first left Scot- 
land you had only Engli.sh music in your 
uiind, but, after you lived among the Kgoni 
here, you drew very sweet music out of the 
native mind by encouraging us to sing praise-; 
to God in purely native tunes, and noiv Ngoni 
tunes are sung in many languages in and o it- 
slde Ngoniland. Our Ngoni. and Tuiiibiikn 
hymn books are rich in native hymns, \\-hicli 
today are another means of spreading; the 
Gospel. 

"4. As you saw a Christion church forai- 
ing in Ngoniland, you resolved to teach 1hc 
infant church that a church that i-* symjia- 
thetic with the unsaved is a church that is 
blessed and that grows strong within itself, 
and so you sent teachers to Marambo and 
Usena to make Christ known to those far- 
away lands. Glory be to God that you did 
not only send teachers to Marambo. but your 
self went there constantly, preaching, teach- 
ing, baptizing, celebrating Communion.'', or- 
ganizing the church, opening and inspecting 
schools . . . 

"5. Many of those who had the opportu- 
nity of understanding you have found in you 
a passion for winning souls for Christ, as you 



have again and again been found pleading 
with backsliders and infidels to come to 
Christ. Your study was ever open to those 
who came to you for spiritual help, and yoii, 
in turn, have visited many a hut to teach and 
plead for Christ in the individual home. 

"6. Through God's grace and help your 
intellectual powers have been a great store 
out of which new and helpful ideas and plans 
have come from time to time to feed tnd 
nourish the infant church of the Ngoni, and 
those who are spirituallj' minded will never 
forget you in this. 

"7. In 1915 the Ngoni learned something 
new from you — that you did not come from 
Scotland simply for the redemption of men's 
souls, but for the redemption of their bodies 
as well. We remember when the Boma 
wished to punish some parts of Ngoniland be- 
cause of the chief's unwillingness to lend a 
hand in the Great War, you were th-? man 



who encouraged the Ngoni to go and take 
their share in that War. We must never for- 
get that memorable day when, at your word, 
hundreds of men, with teachers among their., 
thronged to the Boma at Mzimba, offering 
themselves for service in the Great War. 
Chiefs and Indunas have always found in 3'ou 
a great and symathetic helper in political 
matters. 

"S. In difficult circumstances, both sipnt- 
ual and physical, you have stood firm in faith 
and hope for brighter days. Surely you have 
proved yourself a real optimist ; and your 
encouragement to us in many dark times has 
put new life in us. We admit that on the 
part of the people you came to help there 
have been ingratitude, disappointment, sin, 
and apostasies from the Christian faith, but 
amid all these you have been found faithful 
to them. Hence, many love you dearly, and 
call you a father who has begotten them 
through forbearance and symDathy." — Mis- 
sionarv Review of the World. 



"My Cup Runneth Over!" 



"The Sky-Parlor," Long Beach, Cal. 
Dear Members of the F. M. S.: 

This is not Thanksgiving Day according to 
the calendar, but nevertheless the Office Sec- 
retary feels like singing the 13th Psalm, 
which starts out: 

"O, Give thanks unto the Lord, 

For he is good! 

For his mercy endureth forever!" 

and every verse ends, "For his mercy endur- 
eth forever! " 

But she cannot sing! And then comes to 
mind that admonition: "Let the redeemed 
of the Lord say so!" But she cannot make a 
speech! So she has decided to "Say it with 
a typewriter." 

Out here in the Long Beach Sunday 
School, we sing that song, ' ' Count your 
blessings — Name them one by one," but we 
change the verses like this: 

' ' Count your blessings — 
Name them two by two! 
Count your blessing.s — 
See what God will do!" 
and then we sing: 

"Count your blessings — 
Name them four by four! 
Count your blessings — 
God will give you more!" 

And that is proving so true in the life of 
the Office Secretary. God just seems to be 
heaping joy and gladness upon her- uoworthy 
head! Your Treasurer said the other day 
that he feared the Lord was too good to him 
just permitting him to live in Southern Cal- 
ifornia. If he, so used and blessed of the 
Lord, feels that way about it, how do you 
think "That O. S." must feel, with the ad- 
ditional privilege of working for and with 



such a pastor, chief and dictator as she has? 
Truly, "My cup runneth over!" Will you 
pray for your Office Secretary — that she may 
prove worthy of the Lord's trust confided to 
her in the Foreign Missionary work? Just 
pray that she may be kept faithful to every 
dut.y, and will not fail in strength or body or 
keenness of mind to grasp every opportunity 
of service, and that she may ever keep in 
mind that she serves the Lord Christ. 

Then, if you yourself can stand a blessing, 
"permit me to say," as the dictator is ever 
dictating, that God has given you a recipe — 
a recipe that is guaranteed never to fail, if 
you will but follow it. Here it is: 

"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, 

That there may be meat in my house; 

And prove me now herewith, saith the Lord 

of Hosts, 
If I will not open you the windows of heaven. 
And pour you out a blessing 
That there shall not be room enough to re- 
ceive it! " 

And at the present writing that spells F-o-r- 
e-i-g-n M-i-s-s-i-o-n-s to 

THAT OFFICE SECRETABY. 



We scatter seeds with careless hand 
And dream we ne'er shall see them 
But for a thousand years 
Their fruit appears 
In weeds that mar the land. 
Or healthful store. 

The deeds we do, the words we say, 
Into still air they seem to fleet. 
We count them ever past; 

But they shall last, 
In the dread judgment they 
And we shall meet. — Keble. 



FEBRUARY 10, 1926 



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NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



TRAVEL FLASHES 
Johnstown-Morrellville 

For the fifth, time I was called for a re- 
vival in this good city. My first oiii; -hiis 
with the Walnut Grove Church of the Bietii- 
ren in 1905, and some of the converts of that 
meeting attended this one. I had served 
three different Brethren churches in and near 
and when a call came to hold a union Meet- 
ing of a Brethren church and a Church of the 
Brethren the very names distinguished like 
tweedle dee and tweedle dum, I was anxious 
to go. My Official Board was willing and 
granted the leave of absence. IThe situat'ou 
here was very peruliar and very wonderful. 
Pour years ago, both churches were in dif- 
ferent locations and then bought lots within 
one square of each other in a new looatioii; 
at that time in a meeting of the ministers of 
both denominations, I said, ' ' Somebody ought 
to be hung" for this sort of conduct. >7cv- 
ertheless, both peoples went on and erected 
places of worship. Our church has a very 
neat and complete building seating 35U, 
crowded. The Church of the Brethren ha\ e 
the basement, story of their projected build- 
ing finished — a very complete and copuiio- 
(lious building that far. Blue prints for an 
upper story of a $50,000 building are already 
finished. Let it be known, also that many 
meetings have been held by committees look- 
ing to some sort of a Working Agreement so 
that the anomoly of two churches with the 
same message will not seem to be opposing 
each other and costing almost double what 
it ought to get that message across. It was 
at one of these meetings that this Union Ee- 
vival was proposed and launched, and after 
deliberation, myself chosen to lead the nic'ct- 
ing. We began January 10 with the Brethren 
church well filled and what was called a won- 
derful service. In the afternoon the T;hought 
was '"That they may be one as we are one." 
Unity, love and service were our watchwords 
as to our relations. Prayer and the whole 
message of the gospel, our weapons. The pow- 
er of God seemed to settle down upon us from 
the first meeting. The first drawing of the 
net gave us some 30. Gathering power and 
publicity, we drew people from many 
churches at once, and from Brethren peoples 
in both churches very regularly. Scarcely a 
night that strange preachers did not lead in 
prayer. Brother W. iS. Baker, now, unfortu- 
nately without a regular pastorate, was v^'ry 
regular for being a working man ten hours 
of the day. (Some church ought to use him 
full time) Brother F. B. Statler, the Church 
of the Brethren pastor was platform man. 
(by the way, a Princeton Theological gradu- 
ate of the class with Quinter M. Lyon. He 
was a good loyal promoter and a fine yoke 
fellow, ready to follow the plans of the evan- 
gelist, to a dot. The United Choirs of the 
churches made a wonderful chorus of fifty 
voices and they were there to sing. Alien 
Davis, a Welshman, gave us rare leadership, 
and great solos. Churches there, ouf^nt to u.-^e 
him much. The crowd was small only one 
night. Cold and rain did not seem to affect 



us save when the thermometer dropped like 
lightning in a single day, from rain to below 
zero. 

The Eesults 

No one can measure the results. A revival 
was started and, I am sure, not .finished. The 
last day with rain falling all day g.ive us 
three great audiences, and more cDufessions 
than on any day; I stayed Monday, and peo- 
ple came for baptism that had not mads the 
confession in the meeting. One was taken 
after the farewell song had been sung. Stores 
— maybe 200 people witnessed that thoy had 
a new confidence in God, believiuij more than 
ever in answered prayer. Ther3 was much 
praying, personal work, and the finest Chris- 
tian spirit in all, that I have seen in many 
months. It was the most "old-time" revival 
that I have enjoyed for years. The fellow- 
ship and love manifested despite denomina- 
tional aft'iliations, was the most delightful 
imaginable. We proved that at one place 
Evangelism — "a Working Agreement "— is 
possible, workable, economical. Christian and 
winsome. Near the end, we almost lost track 
of the number of confessions, doming as 
thojf did, but it was near 80. Publicity Wbs 
larger; the sympathy of the public was 
greater; I believe that God ga>'i3 added 
blessing because we tried to work together. 
The future of these two congregations with 
the same message and the same practice, al- 
most, is problematical unless they find a way 
to further work out their destiny in har- 
mony. One thing is sure, if they both con- 
tinue in their present locations, neither will 
grow as they ought for, in the first place, 
their population is growing foreign very ia-t, 
limiting the field in that way. If they I oth 
go on as they are now organized, they snust 
divide their prospects, even as they did in 
this meeting. If either fails to livs harmo • 
niously among themselves, the other stands 
to win out. It is a most difficult siluation 
from any angle save a well worked-out 
AGEEEMENT. Also, I am sure that this is 
possible. A few "carpers" still remain but 
if they could not go along at all, with the 
new arrangement, they could in this Dunkcr 
city, go to one of the other churches of 
either denomination. I trust tha? thi; 
churches shall not now surrender to prejudice 
and bigotry and break away from this fine 
spirit. I trust also, that many of our small 
churches will try out a union evangelistic 
campaign with their brothers of the Breth- 
ren fraternity. Both of our groups are too 
small and the overhead too great for us to 
get the message even to our own country 
alone. It is my prayer that mony moon) 
shall not pass until other Brethren grouj.; 
prove that we are trying to be one, as th.i 
Master prayed. 

The next work I have for the Kingdom is 
a Union Meeting with three churches just 
outside of our city, six miles at Savannah. 
The New Church 

The new church is slowed up a bit by the 
rigid weather. 

CHARLES A. BAME. 



ELOEA, INDIANA 

(The following is a clipipng from the 
"Carroll County Press", Indiana'). 

"Brethren Revival Success" 

"The three weeks' meeting at the First 
Brethren church closed last Sunday evening, 
(January 31) with one of the largest crowds 
of the entire meeting. The Longs proved 
themselves as artists in their line. Never 
have we worked with gospel singers who 
were as willing to carry their share cpf the 
burden or more willing to fit in to the pro- 
gram of the evangelist. The Lord wonder- 
fully blest our work together, to Uie extent 
that fifty peoiilo took a stand for the Lord. 
There are still others who will como by re- 
lation which will make the to'al around six- 
ty. We give thanks and praise to the ouc to 
whom praise is due. Baptismal services were 
held each evening during the close of the 
meeting and some forty were lanted together 
with their Lord in the likeness of his (ieath. 
We welcome these into full fellowship with the 
church and pray God's richest blessing upon 
them as they find their piaco among us. The 
church has been strengthened and built up 
spiritually and have a vision of greater 
things. Many of the good people in and out 
of the church expressed themseives as well 
pleased with the messages from night to 
night for which we are glad and again give 
the one credit and praise who made it all 
possible. We wish to thank agaiu all who 
had a part in making this mi'etiug a success, 
pastors, editors, and good people of Flora in 
general. We gladly invite you to any future 
service in our church when your own church 
does not make demands uiion your time." 

"The Church with a Cordial AVelcome." 
"FRANK 6. COLEMAN, Pastor. 



SUNNYSIDE, WASHINGTON 

The Sunnyside Brethren church held her 
annual business meeting on January first. 
This is always a get-together day when ;. 11 
come prepared to spend a social time around 
the "family" table and to consider serious- 
ly the business of the coming year. 

During the business session a letter was 
read to us from our recent pastor, Brother 
Coleman. We were very sorry to lose the 
Coleman family, for we had learned to love 
and admire them during theiv A\fi years of 
service here. We pray that both they and 
the Flora church may be blessed b ^causo of 
their work there. 

Brother J. C. Beal, recently of the Spo- 
kane church, is to be our astor for the ensu- 
ing year. We feel very fortunate indeed, in 
being able to secure a man of such ability 
and a man of such sound gospel. He is work- 
ing very zealously and is already accom- 
rdshing much. Three have been ad i.-d to 
to the ehurrh. 

k Junior church has beea or;janizeil with 
^.im^.ctcnt young people as ie,ii^eT.= -nc? lasl 
September the group has rgor/,; to a member- 
ship of thirty-seven children. They are 
trained in memory work, s-nging and pray- 



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JDg and each .Sanday, some ons teli^ iheiii a 
stor}- from the Bible. 

Harold ila':lcry, who servoci so faithfully 
and well last year, was re-elected as Sunday 
school (Superintendent for the ensuing year. 
We have a fine school, with an average at- 
tendance, last year of two hundred twenty- 
eight. The highest attendance being three 
hundred twenty. 

Rev. Htuckey, Field Secretary of Brethren 
Sunday school work, was with us for two 
evenings. We were glad to welcome Brother 
Stuckey and greatly enjoyed his talks. In 
speaking on the subject, "Winning our 
Brethren Youth," Rev. Stuckey emphasized 
the necessity of indoctrinating^ our cnildren 
in the Sunday school; that they may know 
why they are Brethren and be able to stand 
fast when testing times come. 

Willis Belcher is our Senior Endeavor pres- 
ident for this year, and Grace Allshouse and 
Harold Mackcy have charge of the Interme- 
diates. However, the first ten minutes of 
the Intermediate hour is given over to the 
pastor. Both Endeavor societies are quite well 
attended. In addition to these a Volunteer 
Band has been organized, which is composed 
chiefly of young people. They have been do- 
ing a good work, using Sunday afternoon as 
their visiting day to bring cheer to ;<hut-!ns. 
May we ever be watching for his Coming. 
OPAL HEATH BAF.L. 



Professor Anspach has given addresses be- 
fore Parent-Teachers Associations recently 
as follows: Perrysville, iSavannah and Hunt- 
ington. 

Miss Harriett, a member of our church at 
Middlebranch, Ohio, expects to teach Domes- 
tic science in our Summer school. 

I was in Columbus one day last week in 
the interest of the coming Endowment cam- 
paign. EDWIN E. JACOBS. 



COLUIGE NEWS 

The gift of three comforters which was re- 
cently credited to the Gratis congregation 
should have been credited to the Gretna 
Women 's Missionary Society and to the Sis- 
terhood of Gretna. The former organization 
sent two comforters and the girls one. I am 
glad to make this correction and also to ex- 
tend the thanks of the College to these or- 
ganizations for this useful and much appre- 
ciated gift. 

Professor and Mrs. J. A. Garber are ex- 
pecting to attend the meeting of the Nation- 
al Sunday School Association to be held at 
Birmingham, Alabama, early in April of this 
year. They will represent the county work 
of which Dean Garber has long been the sec- 
retary. 

Our Athletic teams have taken a winning 
streak, winning the last four games against 
strong college teams. 

Monday, February 15, Dean Miller expects 
to leave Ashland for his trip to the Holy 
Land ami Europe, returning some time in 
May. 

The College has recently come into the 
possession of a very fine radio set, through 
the generosity of Mr. .1. C. Myers of Ashland. 
Mr. Myers also recently gave the College 
about $100.00 with which to buy some plat- 
inum which Professor Putcrbaugh uses in 
the Chemistry department. This is more val- 
uable than gold and when not in use is kept 
in the College vault. 

Charles Mayes, Weldon Hoot, and Charles 
Deffcnbaugh, all graduates of Ashland, w-erc 
visitors here recently. 



FROM ST. JAMES, MARYLAND TO NEW 
LEBANON, OHIO 

Already several months have passed since 
we packed our goods and started for our 
new field ia Ohio. On December 1st, with 
our goods on the way, we started with our 
Ford, for the fourth time over the beautiful 
and famous National Highway. On the other 
three trips we left Maryland for the purpose 
of visiting home and friends in Northern 
Ohio. But this time to take up our new 
charge in Southern Ohio. For 400 miles we 
stayed on this splendid highway, luckily, no 
one bumping us off. We reached our field the 
next day at four o'clock. And to our sur- 
prise our goods arrived at the station the 
next day. We were not long in getting 
settled in our new home, neighbors helping 
us with truck and labor. 

However happy we are in our new home, 
we have left behind friends we have made 
during our three and a half years stay we 
shall never forget. St. James being our first 
charge, mistakes have been made. We as- 
sume the responsibility for these. However, 
we believe some progress has also been re- 
alized. 

There are two services I w'ould like to 
mention in commendation for these people. 
On October 25th, we held our first Homecom- 
ing day. This proved to be a great success 
in spite of the rain. In the afternoon and 
evening service the house was full. 

The morning service was designated as 
Homecoming Day for the Sunday school. Mr. 
O. T. Kaylor, a former officer of the Sunday 
school, now a successful Christian attorney 
from Hagerstown, spoke on the subject: 
' ' The value of Bible Instruction in the Day 
School." 

In the afternoon, Rev. B. T. Burnworth, 
who was then conducting an evangelistic ser- 
vice at Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, spoke 
very effectively upon the subject of the 
Home. His sermon was much appreciated. A 
histor}' of the church was given by the pas- 
tor. The report showed that about 1000 
nu'nibers have been taken into her membcr- 
sliip during her 40 years of growth. 'The 
church was organized liy Rev. John Duke 
McFaden in the year 1886. Rev. J. I. Hall 
served the church for 1.3 years and received 
into her membership about 250 members. 
Others serving were Revs. I. D. Bowman, J. 
C. Mackey, E. B. Shaver, Joshua Long, Gar- 
vin Smith, L. G. Smith, H. W. Nowag, Wil- 
lis Ronk and Marcus Spacht. Rev. E. B. 
iShaver and Rev. Joshua Long were the only 
former pastors present. Both gave reniinis- 
conses of its early history. Rev. Long is in 
Pennsylvania, has been connected with the 
church from her beginnings. Several char- 
ter members were present. Brother H. N. 



Cross, 83, was the oldest male member pres- 
ent. Mrs. Elizabeth Beechley, the oldest fe- 
male member, was also present at all three 
services. Words of praise were given by the 
pastor for these and others. 

The church of Hagerstown showed a splen- 
did missionary spirit by sending their Sun- 
day school orchestra and the Men 's Chorus 
for the afternoon program. Their pastor, Dr. 
G. C. Carpenter and wife were also present. 
The Hagerstown church is to be congratulat- 
ed upon their splendid orchestra and chorus. 
In the evening greetings from former pas- 
tors and friends were read, bringing back 
many fond recollections to the older members 
of the church. The message was brought by 
Rev. E. B. Sliaver, the father of the mission- 
ary work of Brethernism in the Shenandoah 
Valley. He used as a text the words in Mat- 
thew 28:18, "All power is given unto me in 
heaven and in earth." Although not young 
in years, he spoke with the enthusiasm of 
youth and ably handled his message. I want 
to take this opportunity of again thanking 
those who helped in making this day a spir- 
itual blessing to the church. 

Our farewell message was given Sunday, 
November 29th, to the largest crowd the pas- 
tor saw at a regular Sunday morning service. 
As a farewell message a copy of the Gospel 
of John was given to each person present by 
the pastor. 

Rev. Thoburn Lyon has accepted the 
charge at this place and is already on the 
field. We wish him the best of success and 
trust the church shall stand back of him in 
the work he undertakes to do for the King- 
dom. We will remember Brother Lyon and 
these good people in our daily prayers. 

And now a word for New Lebanon, which 
is situated just 10 miles west of Dayton on 
the main thoroughfare leading to Indianap- 
olis, route 11. There are three Brethren 
churches on this route within a distance of 
15 miles. All tourists traveling the Nation- 
al Highway from Coast to Coast take the 
route through New Lebanon. 

New Lebanon itself is a small village of 
445 people and is quite a little progressive 
town. We have here nearly all the conve- 
niences of the city, with the noise, rush and 
jam eliminated. The homes in the village 
and surrounding community are well kept. 
The farms are smaU, making a thickly settled 
farming district. The village is growing. 
Folks are moving out from Dayton and build- 
ing here. Our church is the only church lo- 
cated in the village. 

New Lebanon is located in the center of 
Brethren churches. We need but go 9 miles 
to the east and we come to our beautiful 
structure at Dayton. Or should we desire to 
journey westward we need but go seven miles 
and we reach West Alexandria. If the weath- 
er perchance is warm, we travel northward 
but 8 miles and reach Salem. Or during these 
cold zero days, we can travel southward and 
come to Miamisburg, but 15 miles to the 
southeast, or Gratis but 18 miles to the south- 
west. We are therefore in the center of 
things, geographically, in the rich Miami Val- 
ley, and doctrinally in the center of Duniard- 
ism. 

A warm welcome has been extended ns 
and we already feel at home. )The people arc 



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cooperating in a splendid way. We have 
here, a splendid group of praying afid work- 
ing people. Rev. George Kinzie, who has la-, 
bored here so faithfully for the last six years, 
deserves a great deal of credit for the work 
he has done. During these years he has 
trained a corps of talented and consecrated 
leaders and teachers which will mean much to 
the work of both Sunday school and church. 
Unlike so many places the pastor is not com- 
pelled to teach in the Sunday school as there 
are sufifieient teachers to take care of the 
work. This is as it should be. This gives 
him an opportunity to study the work of the 
Sunday school and serve as pastor superin- 
tendent. 

During the two months we have been here 
the highest Sunday school attendance was 
168 up until last (Sunday, when without any 
special effort, the record showed 208 present. 
There is a wonderful opportunity for growth 
here and we believe the field is already 
white for a great ingathering of precious 
souls. We are making preparatiou for our 
evangelistic services some time in the month 
of March. We hope to be able to have Eev. 
W. C. Benshoflf to conduct the meeting for 
us. 

Pray for the meeting and pray for us and 
the work here, that we might prove faithful 
and worthy of the work to which we have 
been called. We trust that you will pardon 
oftener in the future. We want to welcome 
this long letter. We will promise to write 
our friends who are traveling from East to 
West through New Lebanon to stop off with 
us when ever they can. 

L. V. KING. 



k liAFERIA, TEXAS 

About five years ago we were elected cor- 
responding secretary for the Goshen Brethren 
church and tried to do our best to fill the 
office, but for some cause the office passed 
into oblivion. Since then there has been no 
corresponding secretary, so no doubt it is the 
privilege of any one to write. I do not in- 
tend to give the news of the church at 
Goshen, but will try and give a few items of 
interest of our trip and stay in the Eio 
Grande Valley of southern Texas. Having 
had a desire for several years to spend a 
winter in a warm climate, my wife having a 
brother and sister living here, we decided to 
go to southern Texas. We left Goshen No- 
vember Ifi, enroute for East Lynne, Missouri, 
spent several weeks with our friends, Mr. 
and Mrs. S. P. Hartzler. Mrs. Hartzler 
was formerly Miss Emma Kauffmau of near 
Middlebury, Indiana. They are good musi- 
cians and often sing for Gospel meetings. 

From East Lynne we made a trip by auto 
to Nevada, Missouri, to call on my brother- 
in-law, Charles Pheils. From here we made 
a trip to Fall River, Kansas, to see my broth- 
er and spent Thanksgiving week. Then re- 
turned to East Lynne, the roads were fine 
and the weather delightful. Wife and I in 
company with Hartzler expected to make the 
trip to Texas by auto, but on December 5th 
there came a western snow blizzard, and 
blocked the roads for a time. iSo we went by 
rail, but before we got through Kansas the 
snow had disappeared, and the roads looked 



good along the way. When we got to San 
Antonio we realized a big change — palms and 
all kind of tropical shrubs. It is a city of 
southern type population, around one hun- 
dred and eighty thousand, a great many 
Mexicans and Negroes. Things surely seemed 
out of place to us when the sun arose; it made 
its appearance in the northwest. We left 
here for Sinton, near the Gulf. Our liking 
for Texas was not very great on this trip, 
we passed sand hills and rocks all along the 
^vay, but as we drew near to Sinton the 
scene changed to a level, fertile country, well 
improved. This scene continued for many 
miles. We landed here at 10:30 P. M. It had 
been raining and there was plenty of mud. 
But in this country when the sun shines and 
the wind blows a few hours the mud disap- 
pears, and it seems like walliing on rubber. 
From what they tell us, this valley has made 
a wonderful advance the past five years; and 
if the Good Lord spares this world the next 
five years will show a gi-eater advance, as 
tourists are coming to the Valley in great 
numbers. There is a railroad and paved road 
running parallel east to west, ninety miles 
and there are already fourteen towns and 
cities on the line. The soil is a rich black 
loam and the soil reaches to the water bed, 
25 to 30 feet. We have not been over the 
valley much as yet, but the water hero at La 
Feria is good. The soil produces nearly all 
kinds of vegetables, cabbage, carrots, pota- 
toes, beets, and tomatoes are the specials. 
Corn does well, cotton is raised extensively, 
cabbage is being marketed now at $-15.00 per 
ton. At the same time they are planting 
cabbage and potatoes. This valley is dotted 
all over with some very nice grape fruit and 
orange orchards. We are having daily grape 
fruit, oranges, vegetables and greens from 
the patch and trees. There is yet some land 
in its native state, covered with ebony, and 
mesquite and wild cactus and held by weal- 
th}' owners. The greatest drawback to this 
country is that land is too high for the poor 
man, and lack of outlet market for their 
product. The climate is fine, only when the 
north has a cold snow-blizzard and the wind 
continues from the north for several days, 
they get what is called a "Northerner" here. 
Temperature was as low as 28 degrees once, 
and up to 84, averages about 60. There is a 
fine balmy air when the wind blows from the 
Gulf. Churches and schools are up to the 
standard in the valley; This town of 1500 
population, only six years old, has five 
churches, three school buildings and wiU 
build two more this year. We have been at- 
tending Methodist and Baptist Sunday 
school and church. They are very much in 
earnest for the plain preaching of the Word 
and make strangers feel at home. IThe Chris- 
tian or Disciples are having evangelistic ser- 
vices at present. 

We enjoy the Evangelist in this sunny 
south. M. E. HORNER. 



lirst. Surrender your life to the Lord, and 
your life will be filled with .righteousness. 
America knows that "righteousness exalteth 
a nation." S'urrender your life and you will 
believe that the ideals and spirit of Jesus 
Christ should pervade society. America needs 
those folks. 

At the present time Christian Endeavorers 
can render acceptable service in keej^ing our 
country dry. Once it was the task of Chris- 
tians to put the saloon out. Now it is the 
task of the Christians to keep it out. Before 
many moons our country will have to express 
herself on the matter of drink. Some are 
.saying that America wants booze back. 
Christians don't believe that. This is no time 
for resting on the oars. If you . can vote, 
vote right. If you are too young, get every- 
bod}' else stirred to vote right, around you. 
Maybe grandfather thinks he is too old to 
get out to vote. Cheer him up. Help him 
to take another blow at the enemy of all 
mankind. And remember, citizens of the 
Kingdom make the best American citizens. 

It is my purpose as the Citizenship Super- 
intendent of the Christian Eudeavor to write 
you another letter before so long. It will 
probably be personal to each society. If 
there arc any questions or suggestions from 
any society in the brotherhood, communica- 
tions will be gladly received. 

Sincerely yours, 

Lanark, Ilinois. 



C. E. and Citizenship 

(Continued from page 11) 

the Gospel view-point and your mind will be 
free from filth. America needs clean minds. 
Get the Gospel viewpoint and you will forget 
yourself. America needs folks who put others 



Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

(Continued from pagre 10) 

but there is no indication that Mary did not 
do her part. But more than that, Mary is 
known down the ages as one of the two who 
honored Jesus by the anointing of his feet 
with precious ointment. Note that this is 
not the same anointing which is recorded in 
Luke 7, nor is the Mary the sister of Laz- 
arus either that "woman who was a sinner", 
whose name is not known, nor Mary Magda- 
lene, Mary of Magdala, yet another friend of 
Jesus. 



THE TIE THAT BINDS 



FAGERBURG-SHUMAN — At tlie liome cf 
the bride's mother, Mrs. Nina Fagerburg:. of 
416 Osbun Street, Fort Scott, Kansa.s, on 
Sunday afternoon of January 24, 1926, oc- 
cuiTed tile marriagre of Miss Eda Fagerbei'g 
and Mr. Ted R. Shuman, botli of Fort Scott, 
Kansas. 

About thirty were present, consisting- of 
relatives and several invited guests. It was 
a very beautiful home wedding and the im- 
pressive Ting ceremony was used. After con- 
gratulations, dainty refreshments were 
served and an enjoyable social houi- was 
spent. 

Mr. and Mrs. Shuman were the recipients 
of many beautiful and useful presents. They 
have the hishest respect and the best wishes 
of a large circle of friends. Mr. Shuman has 
a position in Kansas City, Missouri, where 
thov vfill make thetr home. Ceremony by 
the writer. L. G. WOOD. 

DESHONG-RITCHEY — At the home of the 
writer, at New Enterprise, Pennsylvania, on 
the evening of December twenty-third, was 
solemnized the marriage of Miss Roxie 
Ritchey and Mr. Sherd C. Deshong. Both are 
well known young people of the Yellow- 
Creek congregation. The bride is a daugh- 
ter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry W. Ritchey. of 
Yellow Creek, and is the church organist. 
Mr. Deshong is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. 
Deshong. of Cypher, Pennsylvania. The best 
wishes of a host of friends bespeak for them 
godspeed, happiness and usefulness in their 
life together. W. S. CRICK. 



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FEBRUARY 10, 1926 



IN THE SHADOW 



G.4.R\'BH — Our Brother Jesse A. Garver, 
was a native son uf Ohio, being born in 
Wayne County, December 5th, 1S40. He was 
married to Lucinda Brower in 1866 and they 
were permitted to live together in wedlock 
for 59 years. 

Brother Garver was well known not only 
in Dayton and its vicinity, but throughout 
southern Ohio, where for many years he was 
a stock buver. He was a man of estimable 
character, one who would rather suffer 
wrong than be harsh. Quiet and unassuming 
in manner, he avoided publicity and praise, 
rie had a reputation for honesty in dealing, 
with kindness and consideration for all. He 
moved to Dayton in 1S94. where he was held 
in high -regard by neighbors, friends and 
business associates. 

Our Brother united with the First Breth- 
ren church of this city in 1912. He was one 
of the most devoted and loyal members of 
the congregation, his life and service was an 
inspiration and his aid a great factor in the 
wonderful growth of this congregation, ThD 
church feels that it has lost one of its best 
and most influential members. He was more 
than an oi'dinarv church member — he was a 
devoted Christian. His faith in Jesus Christ 
as Lord grew only stronger with time and 
when realizing his stay here on earth wa.s 
short, called for the anointing service and 
with a full commital of his body, soul and 
spirit into the hands of the Lord, in hi.s quiet 
wav, he said, "Not my will but his be done." 

\V. S. BELL. 

Ml'HR — Our Brother Henry llm-ir was 
born in ilontgomerv county. February ITth, 
1859, and was called from this life January 
21st, 1920, at the age of 66 years, 11 months 
and 4 days. He was unite.l in marria.5-=- to 
Lannie Fohrney, May 12th, IfMl, to which 
union four children were biu-n, three of 
whom survive the father. Brother Murr was 
born i.nd spent his entire life in Motitsom- 
erv cfiiinty .and was widel'.' kn.iwn. lie was 
always interested in promotia? •■ducalional 
work. He taught school in lladisou town- 
ship for 21 years, assisted in grading the 
township schools and was one of the tirst 
examiners appointed. He held the office of 
the Clerk for the Township for nine yea) s, 
during which time he was influential in se- 
curing the organization and establishment of 
a high school, which was the second Town- 
ship High School to be established in Mont- 
gomery County. 

During the latter part of his teaching ca- 
reer he. held the office of Secretary of the 
Farmers' Mutual Insurance Company of 
Montgomery County, Ohio, for a period of 
ten years. .After retiring from this office he 
gave" his entire attention to his farms. How- 
ever he never lost interest in furthering the 
progress of education. He was industrious, 
progressive and faithful to his responsibili- 
ties and trust. 

Early in life Brother Murr embraced the 
Christian faith and united with the Brethren 
church. For years he was actively associat- 
ed with the Bear Creek congregation. At the 
time of his death he was an esteemed mem- 
ber of the First Brethren church of Dayton. 
Ohio. His illness was of short duration of 
only one week and was caused by cerebral 
hemorrliages and for the past few days was 
in an unconscious state. W. S. BELL. 

HUFPORO — Thomas M. HuffoTid, son of 
Wm. A. and Julia Hufford. died at the home 
of his parents on November the 20th. He 
was twenty-two years of age, had become a 
member of the Highland Brethren church 
when but a child, and was a highly respect- 
ed Christian yoimg man, loved by all who 
knew him. The end came after an illness of 
three weeks, suffering with meningitis, yet 
conscious near the last, telling the father 
that he was ready to go to be with Jesus. 
Besides father and mother, he leaves to 
mourn their loss the following brothers ana 
sisters — Harold. Charles, David, Olive, ana 
Essie Hufford and Mrs. H. L. McCullough. 

Funeral services conducted by the writer, 
assisted by Rev. Greenlee, of the M. E. 
church. Brownsville. Interment was in the 
Bealsville cemetery. THOS. F. HOWELL. 

rARB.VRRY — Samuel Carbarry was born 
in Bedford County, Pa,, and was aged 78 
years, 5 months, and 1 day at his passing. 
Brother Carbarry w.as never married, and 
had lived in and around Portis, Kansas for 
a great number of years. He was known as 
"innocent Sam." We used as a text, "Keep 
innocincy. and take heed unto the thing that 
is right: for that shall bring a man peace at 
last." 

Burial in Garrett cemetery northwest of 
town. Ceremony by the writer, assisted by 
G. J. Wolters.. W. R. DEETER. 

STRAYER — Elizabeth Strayer was born in 
Pennsylvania, died in Norton, Kansas, in 
November. 192.'i. aged 78 years. A Charter 
member of the Maple Grove Brethren church. 
Ceremony by Rev. A. E. Whitted, assisted by 
the writer. W. R. DEETER. 



HARRIM.4.N — Jennie Harriman was born 
in Wisconsin, died near Portis, Kansas, De- 
cember 10, 1925, aged 65 years, 10 months 
and 27 days. She was baptized some 30 years 
ago by G. J. Wolters and renewed her cove- 
nant, and was anointed some weeks prior to 
her departure. Burial in Crystal Plains cem- 
etery. Ceremony by the writer, assisted by 
Rev. Wolters. W. R. DEETER. 

PRESNELL — William Presnell was born in 
Henry County, Indiana, died in Beloit, Kan- 
sas, January 13, 1926, aged 76 years, 6 
months and 2 days. He has lived in, and in 
the vicinity of Portis for over 40 years. He 
had made the good confession some years 
ago, but never formally belonged to any 
church. He has been a widower for nearly 
nine years. Burial in Hammond cemetery. 
Funeral at the Brethren church in charge of 
the writer, assisted by G. J. Wolters. 

W. R. DEETER. 

SI.MMONS — Lena Winifred Simmons, infant 
daughter of George and Rachel Simmons of 
Rich Patch, Virginia. 

The Lord gave her to the home January 
18, 1925 and called her to her heavenly home 
December 13, 1925, so blessed be the name of 
the Lord. She was a great sufferer and fi- 
nally succumbed to her dreaded disease, 
spinal meningitis. Funeral service was con- 
ducted at Mountain Valley church by Rev. J. 
S. Bowman, after v/hich her body was in- 
terred in the cemetery on the hill near the 
home, there to await the resurrection morn. 
Her sister Bubv. preceded her to the glory 
world. She leaves a father, mother and one 
brother. Emette. She was a member of the 
Cradle roll of the Mountain Valley Sunday 
school. This is the only break in our Sunday 
school in 1925. We fee! our loss is heaven's 
gain. She is another gem for the Savior's 
crown, and we humbly bow in submission to 
God's will. 

MRS. ALLIE HUMPHRIES AND MRS. LEE 
SIMMONS. 

IIV MEMORIAM 
Ernest Linwood JohuMOn 

He has gone to his lieavenly mansion. 
The dear Lord has led him away, ' 
To glory by mortal undreamed of. 
Where no night ends the beautiful day, 
And we are lonely. 

We miss his dear voice and his smiling. 
His sympathy sweet and his love, 
Our heai-ts are nigh broken with grieving. 
As wo scatter fair blossoaiis above 
Where he lies sleeping. 

What wonder he left us for heaven. 
The dear Lord had need of him there, 
His soul had attained its full stature. 
Pure, noble and wondrously fair. 
And Jesus took him. 

His labors among us are ended, 

But the work is still to be done, 

We must take up the threads as he loft 

them. 
For weaving must still go on, 
Though hearts are heavy. 

We know he is safe with his Savior, 
He is one of the glorified throng; 
We must trust him for light in our darkneso. 
And lean on the strength of his arm. 
He will not fail. 

His devoted wife, 

L. BERNIE JOHNSON. 



gree at the same time. He has had consid- 
erable experience in the pastorate, having 
held regular preaching charges during the 
greater part of the past two years. Both 
Brother and iSister Monroe are members of 
the Second Brethren church of Los Angeles, 
California. 

Any church desiring to communicate with 
Brother Monroe should do so if possible be- 
fore March, addressing him at 6S34 Washing- 
ton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. 

ALVA J. MeCAIN, 

Ashland, Ohio. 



TRACT PROMOTION 
CORNER 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 

AN OPEN DATE 

For the fourth time I have a date, the best 

in the year, left open by change of program, 

the three weeks leading up to Easter. The 

date is open to the first church wanting it. 

B. T. BUBNWOBTH, Ashland, Ohio. 



READY FOR PASTORATE 

It is a pleasure to introduce to the 
churches one of our younger men. Brother 
Kenneth M. Monroe, who will finish his the- 
ological training this spring and be ready to 
accept a pastorate. Brother Monroe is well 
prepared for his life work, being a graduate 
of the regular four-year Liberal Arts course 
in the University of Southern California; and 
this spring ho will complete the three year 
course in the Xenia Theological Seminary of 
St. Louis, Missouri, taking his graduate do- 



Propagate the Gospel 
By Use oi the Prioted Paje 



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A Tract Table in Church 

It has become universal in the Church of 
England to have a small table standing in 
some convenient place in the vestibule of the 
church. Prices are marked, the subject dealt 
with some aspects of the church's life and 
thought. We have noticed the same provi- 
sions made in nearly all the large Koman 
Catholic churches of America. Christian S'ci- 
ontists are inveterate tract distributors. A 
few churches have book tables. 

Wisdom would seem to dictate the use of 
such a method. Before communion season.^, a 
supply of literature dealing with the sacra- 
ments could be placed in the vestibule, and 
an announcement made of its presence and 
use would make for more intelligent Chris- 
tians in our pews." — ^The Presbyterian Ban- 
ner. 

B. P. POKTE, Director of Tract PuMicity. 



BRETHREN TRACTS 

The Plea of the Fathers — Does it Need Ba- 
vlsion? (16 pp.) by G. W. Rench, per 
dozen, 25 cents. 

Baptism, (8 pp.) by Gillin, per 100, 50 cents. 

Our Lord's Last Supper — A Ne-w Testament 

Ordinance, (16 pp.) by J. L. Kimmel, per 

dozen, 25 cents. 
Feet Washing A Church Ordinance, (4 pp.) 

by GiUin, per 100, 35 cents. 
The New Testament Teaching of the Lord's 

Supper, (6 pp.) by Rench, per 100, 45 

cents. 
Doctrinal Statements, (52 pp) by Miller, per 

dozen 75 cents, single copies 10 cents. 
Some Fimdamental Christian Doctrines, by J. 
M. Tombaugh, 25 cents post paid. 
These are well written doctrinal tracts, 
concise and to the point. Every Brethren 
chirch should have a liberal supply for dis- 
tribution among prospective members and 
also among many who are already members 
of the church, but who have no clear idea 
of the peculiar doctrinal teaching of the 
Brethren. 

THE BRETHREN PUBLISHING CO., 
Ashland, Ohio. 



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The Ministers at the Famous Dayton Convention of 1882 



They "looked unto the recompense of reward" — ^ 

Not the reward of silver and gold, 

Rather "accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt," 

"For they endured as seeing him who is invisible." 



Only a few of these pioneers remain, but these few and their successors and their widows and dependents, 

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- their declining days, must not be neglected in their time of need by those who enjoy the benefits of their toil. 

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FEBRUARY 17, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

Official Or^an of the Brethren Church 

Published weekly by the Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
■ Ohio, at $2.00 per year in advance. 



George S. Baer, 
R. R. Teeter, 



Editor 
Business Manager 



Entered at the Po.st Office at Ashland, Ohio, as second class 
matter. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided 
for in section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized September 
9, 1918. 



IN THIS NUMBER 

Where the Responsibility Bests — Editor, 2 

Giving Comfort and Aid to the Enemy — Editor, 2 

Editorial Review, 3 

And I Sat Where They Sat— H. P. E. O 'Neill, 4 

The Brethren Home Self-Supporting — P. G. Coleman, 5 

Optimistic Regarding Benevolences — ^A. L. Lynn, 5 

The Preacher and His Message — G. H. Jones, C 

!The Unlimited Field — Freeman Ankrum, 8 

Ad Interim — M. M. Hoover, 9 

Sunday School Lesson Notes — Editor, 10 

Sunday School News — J. A. Garber, 10 

Junior Notes — Virginia Haun, 11 

The Last Will and Testament — ^Alice Longaker, 12 

News from the Field, 13-15 

Business Manager 's Corner, 15 

A Chinese Funeral, 12 

Tract Corner — B. R Porte, 16 

Announcements 16 



EDITORIAL 



Where the Chief Responsibility Rests 

We believe our poeple are loyal and will meet the demands made 
of them by the general interests of the church if rightly presented, 
and that among the other appeals, the Benevolences of our church 
will not go without response. We believe also that they will not be 
unmindful of the service rendered by, and the heritage come down 
to them through, the aged servants of God in our fraternity, but will 
show their gratitude in proper and substantial ways, if opportunity 
is offered. We have faith in them, too, that they are not uncompas- 
sionate or inconsiderate of those who have been unable to lay by in 
store for the season of enfeebled health and unproductivity and so 
find themselves denied the bare necessities of life, but will let their 
sympathy How out in benevolent deeds, if the appeal is sincerely pre- 
sented to them. And becau.se they are loyal, grateful and sj'mpa- 
thetic we may be assured of their adequate support of this vital in- 
terest, if the situation is presented to them. But people cannot be 
expected to give to that cause about which, they have not been prop- 
erly informed, or concerning which they have been allowed to grow 
indifferent and forgetful through lack of proper agitation. Those who 
expect response from the people, therefore, owe it to them to keep 
them informed and aroused as to the urgency of the situation. 

To the accomplishment of this end the responsibility rests heav- 
ily upon the pastor; he is the key to the problem of enlisting the 
sympathetic cooperation of the members of the congregation. The 
executive officers of the boards charged with the direction of our 
Benevolent work have a responsibility for widely informing and en- 
listing the interest of the people, as also has "The Evangelist", 
both of which have been seeking in every proper way to bring the 
message to the people. But after all is said and done, a congrega- 
tion's sympathy, or lack of it, for a particular cause is largely de- 
termined by TCe attitude of the pastor. If he is indifferent or luke- 
warm about it, the membership will very generally take that attitude. 
If he makes no preparation for the offering and no announcement of 
it until the day arrives for receiving the offering and then shows 
himself satisfied to take just what the people happen to have with 
them, he will find his people feeling themselves to have discharged 
their responsibility with giving nothing more than that. But if the 
pastor is keenly conscious of the stewnrd.ship of his influence, if he 
believes thoroughly in the cause that he is called upon to support, 



if he is desirous that his people shall do their full share and that 
every member shall measure up to what is expected of him, if he 
feels himself honor-bound by the claims of denominational loyalty 
and Christian fidelity to give the cause his full and sincere support, 
his people will in the main adopt his attitude and give in a manner 
that will merit commendation. He is first in responsibility for the 
success or failure of the cause among his people. And because of 
this fact nothing is more important than that every one whom God 
hath clothed with the mantle of ministerial leadership should be fully 
persuaded in his own mind that the care of our superannuated minis- 
ters, or their widoWs and orphans, is the church's bounden duty, and 
that the provision of a home for the aged and infirm of our denom- 
ination is the mark of a truly Christian brotherhood. 

Let no pastor look lightly on this matter. It is serious. Neglect 
causes disappointment and suffering on the part of the needy and a 
heavy burden of anxiety and nights of sleepless planning on the part 
of those whom General Conference has entrusted with the direction 
of this work. While the pastors have shown a much more wholesome 
loyalty to our Benevolence work this year than last, yet there is still 
much to be desired, according to information received from the 
treasurer. Rev. J. L. Kimmel, who says, "Our offering last year was 
$3,671.69, but we owe quite a number of those on our superannuated 
list for January and February." It is a pity that the deserving men 
and women who are dependent on this support should be allowed to 
go without their cheeks in the very midst of a heavy winter. But the 
treasurer cannot write checks on an empty treasury. It is a most 
worthy thing to build and maintain churches, but they who tell the 
aged ministers, That wherewith thou mightest have been honored and 
supported, we have given for the building of elaborate churches, for 
the purchase of cushioned pews, for the installation of costly pipe 
organs' and for many other things that the fashions of our day de- 
mand, will deserve the rebuke of our Lord spoken to the Jews, for 
making the word of God of none effect by their tradition. He who 
thinks more of the religious display he is able to make than of the 
discharging of his primary Christian obligations to those of his own 
household of faith, is far enough off the track of vital godliness that 
it stands him in hands to stop and make a realignment of his ideals 
and aims. 

It is not a burdensome thing that is asked of us — only $-t,000.00. 
"The treasurer says, "At forty cents per member it would take just 
ten thousand members to do the giving, and would still leave twenty 
thousand to give nothing — for I know we have 30,000, if not 35,000 
members." Even if we should not have that many members, but 
should consider only the very conservative figures that our pastors 
have been willing to report to our statistician, and which are sup- 
posedly active, after the 10,000 members had given the $4,000.00 for 
the Superannuated Ministers' Fund, at 40 cents per member from the 
next 10,000 we could give the Brethren Home Board an equal 
amount and still have 5,000 active members whose contribution would 
not be essential to success. S'o it is a small thing we are asked to do. 
and we ought surely to measure up to expectations. The Ministers' 
Fund must have not less than $4,000.00, or 40 cents per member, al- 
lowing for a three-fifth shrinkage, and the Home Board is asking for 
a like amount. Let us make good. 



At the Annual Meeting of the New York Bible Society, held in 
January, the general secretary, Dr. George William Carter, reported 
the largest distribution of Scriptures ever made by that society. 
During the year 1925, 958,461 copies of the Scriptures in 67 different 
languages were circulated. A large part of this distribution was free 
and the rest sold at cost or less. Over 58,000 volumes were di.stributed 
to immigrants arriving at Ellis Island and 120,000 distributed to 
sailors and seamen from all parts of the world. The missionaries of 
the society visited the hospitals, the prisons and the institutions for 
the poor and helpless. There were foreign speaking workers who 
carried the Scriptures to the Italians, Greeks, Germans, Russians, 
Scandinavians, and those of other nationalities. All this offers a sug- 
gestion to our people who are interested in the distribution of tracts, 
especially to those living in the centers of population. One of the 
finest tracts you can distribute is a portion of the (Scriptures, or the 
entire New Testament if j'Ou refer, which can be gotten as cheaply as 
a penny a volume. In every city there are hospitals, prisons, institu- 
tions for the poor and helpless and groups of foreigners, where a dis- 
tribution of the Scriptures would be welcomed and prove a real ser- 



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vice. Also some well chosen tracts, setting fortli some special truth 
of the Gospel, or its claims upon life, might be used to good advan- 
tage. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Send money for Superannuated Ministers' Fund to J. J. Wolfe, 
Secretary, North Manchester, Indiana, and for the Brethren Home to 
Henry Einehart, fTreasurer, Flora, Indiana. 

Has your Christian Endeavor society gotten in on the Forward 
Movement campaign fund yet? The General Secretary, Miss Gladys 
Spice, reports some new ones on Christian Endeavor page. 

President Jacobs continues to keep the brotherhood informed 
about the things of interest relating to our college. We are indebted 
to Dr. Jacobs for this service. 

Brother W. E. Deeter, pastor at Portis, Kansas, informs us that 
he is now engaged in a twO' weeks' evangelistic campaign in his own 
church, he himself doing the preaching and Prof. H. L. Wimmer 
assisting in song. The meetings began February 14th, and he re- 
quests prayer in their behalf. 

Long Beach's new church year book, a copy of which has reached 
us, has this year, in addition to the regular officiary, membership 
roll, reports and messages and statement of the flnancial system, a 
very complete constitution and by-laws. It is a very neatly printed 
booklet of 52 pages. 

Dean J. Allen Miller left Ashlaad, February 16th, on his trip to 
the Holy Land and to Egypt. He has kindly promised us an occa- 
sional report along the way, which, we are sure, will be greatly ap- 
preciated. We are publishing in this issue the addresses where he 
may be reached by correspondence at various times and places on the 
journey. 

The General Secretary, Prof. J. A. Garber, has a number of 
things' of interest to church school workers in this issue, among them 
being his mention of the fact that March calls for special effort 
along the line of Sunday school evangelism and training for church 
membership. Articles of special interest and helpfulness will be 
found in the March EDUCATOR. 

We are in receipt of a letter from Brother W. T. Lytic, which 
tells us of an evangelistic campaign in which he is engaged at Bryan, 
Ohio, where Brother E. M. Eiddle is the faithful pastor. The meet- 
ings were still in progress and we were not informed as to any re- 
sults, but he speaks highly of Brother Eiddle as a pastor and of the 
fine relationship that exists between him and his people. 

We are in receipt of a program for a "Community Training 
School" at Warsaw, Indiana, February 15, to 19, arranged by the 
Warsaw- Winona Council of Eeligious Education and purposed "to 
give an opportunity to Sunday school workers to train for greater 
efficiency in Christian service." Evening sessions only are held. 
Brother C. C. Grisso, pastor of the Brethren church, Is dean of the 
school. 

Dr. W. S. Bell, pastor of the largest church in the brotherhood, 
the First church of Dayton, makes report of the evangelistic cam- 
paign recently held with Brother Charles H. Ashman as evangelist 
and which resulted in such great success, concerning which we made 
mention in last week's paper. One important element in the success 
aside from the strong preaching of the evangelist, was the fine pre- 
paratory work of the "Seventy." 

We are pleased to have reported the work of the Center Chapel 
church, near Eoann, Indiana, where Brother George Swihart is con- 
ducting a successful evangelistic campaign, at which fifteen souls 
had already responded. We are grateful to Brother O. C. Lemert for 
this report, and we want to assure Brother Swihart, who recently 
came among us, that we shall be glad to have him make personal use 
of the Evangelist columns at any time he may desire. 



We are glad to note the continued loyalty to the Evangelist on 
the part of so many of our churches as evidenced in a special way 
by the maintenance of a place on the Honor Eoll, some for as long 
as eight years. We also welcome the new churches reported this 
week, namely, Washington, D. C; Mulvane, Kansas, and Pleasant 
Grove, Iowa, and we congratulate their pastors on this achievement. 
We hope they will enjoy the fellowship of the Evangelist family so 
much that they wiU never allow their membership to lapse. 

Miss Longaker makes the point that disposing of one 's estate by 
process of will is not always a safe and sure way, for wills are often 
broken by greedy relatives. And true it is, about the only way to be 
certain that one's accumulations (large or small) will go where he 
desires, is to have them legally distributed before hia death. Wills 
cannot be depended on, generally; there is one that can however. The 
last Will and Testament of our Lord cannot be broken; we can de- 
pend on that; no one can deprive us of the heritage we have re- 
ceived from him. 

We have an interesting letter from Brother G. C. Carpenter, pas- 
tor at Hagerstown, Maryland, and we are glad to note his enthu- 
siasm and loyalty in regard to the church paper, and we are informed 
by Dr. Teeter in his Business Manager's Corner that Hagerstown 
stands among the five highest in numbers of Evangelist subscrip- 
tions. We are grateful for such expressions of satisfaction and con- 
fidence. Brother Carpenter calls attention to a proposed trip to Egypt 
and the Holy Laud. It is a trip that all who can afford it would find 
abundantly worth while. 

We were recently in receipt of a novel invitation in the form 
of a large red heart, inviting us to a Christian Endeavor program 
for Volentine SHinday at Louisville, Ohio. The printed message 
properly arranged, read as follows: "Have a heart! Come to Chris- 
tian Endeavor on Heart Sunday, February 14th, at the First Breth- 
ren church, 6:00 P. M. Topic: 'What is Faith, and What Does It Do 
for Us?' Louis Clapper, Leader." Taking advantage of special days 
and seasons in fitting ways helps to maintain interest among young 
people. Louisville 's resourcefulness has played an important part 
in her success in Christian Endeavor. 

Brother W. C. Benshoff, pastor at Berlin, Pennsylvania, and his 
good people have wrought a great work in their field in that a beau- 
tiful new church stands ready to be dedicated. It is a church of 
sacred memories to Brethren people, and the old church house was 
particularly thus enshrined for the local membership, and it speaks 
well for their vision and courage that they were thus willing to press 
forward and take leave of their hallowed but inadequate quarters. 
Fourteen members are reported added to the church during the year 
just closed. We will all, no doubt, be given an opportunity to see 
their beautiful building through the columns of "The Evangelist" 
when dedication has taken place. ' 

Brother Frank G. Coleman, pastor at Flora, Indiana, reports his 
evangelistic campaign directly to the Evangelist, concerning which 
campaign we had a brief report last week clipped from the Flora 
paper that was sent us. But this report is much fuUer and also con- 
tains a number of other items of interest. In addition to the large 
number of additions already received, the outlook is the more en- 
couraging in that the pastor informs us that the revival is not yet 
closed. And that is as it should be. Why should a revival always 
close as soon as a series of meetings is concluded? It does not appear 
as though it would at Flora. 

Brother B. W. Burnworth writes of his evangelistic campaigns 
conducted at Masontown and Conemaugh, Pennsj'lvania. At the for- 
mer place, where Brother J. L. Gingrich is pastor, there were forty- 
seven confessions and additions to the church. It was a great vic- 
tory for the substantial church at Masontown. And the number four- 
teen seems to have been an equally great victory for Conemaugh 
where the community situation is difficult. These splendid people 
have done a fine work under the leadership of their pastor, Brother 
G. H. .lones, against great odds. And may they not grow discour- 
aged and leave the field in the days to come, notwithstanding the 
obstacles. It is to be regretted that they are to lose their good pastor, 
but what will be their loss will be Muncie's gain, and Muncie needs 
his leadership. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



"And I Sat where They Sat"."-Ezekiel 3:15 

By H. F. E. O'Neill, President Board of Benevolences 



The last Sabbath of February has been set aside by the 
National Conference as the day for the offering for Benevo- 
lence Work of the church ; both that of the Superannuated 
Ministers' Fund and the Brethren Home. 

There are at the present time for 1926 about eighteen 
(18) persons who ai'e receiving monthly payments from the 
Superannuated Ministers' Fund. It will require a mini- 
mum of Four Thousand Dollars to adequately meet the de- 
mands for this year. The amount may seem large when 
you thing of it in one lump sum, but when you think of it 
divided among the individual membership of the brother- 
hood to raise this amount, certainly 
none of us will need to go hungiy to 
supply the needs of those dependent 
upon it; and I say honestly, can we 
do less than help meet the needs of 
these worthy folks? 

I believe it would help if we would 
sit down for a few minutes and im- 
agine ourselves in the circumstances 
of these people. Those who have 
eitlier given their own lives in the 
public service of the church or who 
have .stood by their husbands and 
have had no small part in making 
possible the success of those who 
have given their lives in this work, 
or yet those who have been a part of 
the minister's family and because of 
very meager remunci'ation on the 
part of their father many times they 
were seriously handicapped in the 
necessities of life, not even daj'ing 
to mention any pleasures or luxur 
ies. 

It makes all the difference in th<' 
world when we can quietly sit and 
at least imagine oui'selves in their 
place. It gives us a diffcT'cnt per- 
spective and I believe if each mem- 
ber of the Brethren chui'ch who 
reads this article -wnll sit do^vn and 
visualize himself in the othei' per- 
son's place, he will rise up to be 
more enthusiastic and to give more 
lilternlly to the support of this work. 

The best possiljle way to show your svmpathy for them 
and your interest in them is by making a lil)eral offering for 
this work on the last Sabbath of February. In addition 
to those who give in the regular offering of the churches, 
there are literally hundreds of members who "OUGHT" to 
make individual subscriptions of from -liS.OO to $100 and 
until many of such individuals really get this on their 
hearts, this work will liave to go begging, or as 
"living from hand to mouth." 

There is one othei' phase of this work that ... 
neglected and that is that many of our folks have 
their wills and many more ought to and include in them 
from .$100 to $10,000. payable to the Board of Benevolences 
for the Superannuated Ministers' Fund. Think this over 
and if you have made a will and have not included this in- 
terest of the church, make a codicil and add it to the will 
already made. If you have luit already made your wall, 
make one now and include the Superannuated Ministers' 
Fund. Making a will is like becoming a Christian, not a 
thing to be put off until you are ready to die. but should 



be attended to now while you are enjoying good health and 
the right use of your intellect and your soul will be blessed 
and happier as it approaches the death experience. 



If we will put legs under our prayers 
Christian work will progress more rapidly. 
New Brighton, Pennsylvania. 



all phases 
Do it Now. 



of 



^be Det'ran ipieacber 



There's a work of love and duty 

That devolves upon us all; 
There's a tender, pleading message, 

And its tones like music fall: 
Help our weary vet 'ran preachers; 

Scatter roses o'er their way; 
Rally round them, hasten quickly — 

Not tomorrow, but today. 
From the wells of deep affection 

Now their hearts with gladness fill; 
Do not wait their names to honor 

Till the pulse of life is still: 
Bre.k the box of alabaster, 

Pour its oil upon them now. 
Make their dwellings bright and happy, 

Vvreathe in smiles each furrowed brow. 
They have borne the royal standard, 

They have preached his Holy Word; 
But their strength has lost its vigor. 

And their cheek its youthful glow, 
For the frost of age has touched them. 

And their locks are white as snow. 
Watchmen on the walls of Zion, 

Though their feet no more shall stind, 
From the top of Pisgah's mountain 

Faith beholds the promised land: 
Soon triumphant Uke an army 

Marchin.g through the realms above, 
They will shout the grand old story. 

Robed with white and crowned with love 
— Fanny J. Crosby. 



How Others View It 

It would' be a reflection on our twentieth century Chris- 
tianity to leave these brave veterans in cold neglect while 
the evening shadows are thickening around them. They 

should have a large place in the 
heart of the church and an ample 
score in her budget. No other cause 
should have priority over that of 
ministerial relief. — Dr. E. P. Iler- 
bruck. 



The Reformed Church 

But the day has not yet come 
when iDastors' salaries will permii 
for the future. It is not likey that 
laying up a gmierous surplus suni 
such ideal state will bless the minis- 
ters of the present generation. This 
being true, the churches do well to 
make pi'ovision otherwise for thcii' 
faitliful sci'vants. It is a happy cir- 
cumstance that the Reformed church 
sees the need of this foi'm of benev- 
olence, and is l)eginning to mee.t the 
situation most creditably. The re- 
sponse has been quite genei-ous with- 
in the last several years, aiul ^\•e 
cherish the reasonable hope that 
soon the sum of .$500 annually will 
be avaihiblc foi' every minister at 
the age of 70 years or at prior disa- 
l)ility. — Dr. J. C. Leonard. 

The Evangelical Church 

The laity of the Evangelical 
chui-cli has said it is right and just 



we say, 



IS 



sadly 
made 



that our faithful and loyal minis- 
ters, the men who have helped us to 
find our place in the favor of God 
and his cliureh, shall be pensioned when the time of their 
disability and retirement Avill come. A fund approaching 
the One Million Dollar mark has been consecrated to this 
noble purpore. While our faithful people have given, and 
are coiitinuing to give, we want them all to know that at 
this writing there are one hundred and forty retired minis- 
ters' families receiving help from this great fund and their 
appreciation of this help cannot be put into print, but can 
best be realized in the mind of the thoughtful who will con- 
sider for a moment what it must mean to have spent your 
energy andlife in a cause that has afforded a living on the 
basis of strictest economy and then in the days of age and 
failing strength to have that meager income cut off.— J R 
Mergurth. 



A drunken man driving an automobile is the demon- 
.stration of the failure of civilization to protect its citizen- 
ship. And yet the frogs in the pond are croaking for lib- 
erty—liberty for what? to get drunk. 



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Shall we Make the Brethren Home Self-Supporting? 

» By Frank G. Coleman 



"Where there is no vision, the people perish." so said 
the wise man, so say we all. How to get you the vision is 
the problem. Since you all can not visit the Home at Flora 
I am going to take you on a visit to the Home this after- 
noon. Just step into my car and we will soon be there. In 
two minutes we are turning into a fine cement drive that 
leads into the grounds and up to a fine, two story, brick 
building. We enter by way of a spacious porch, running 
tlie entire length of the building, into a very fine reception 
hall. Should we turn to the right we enter the living apart- 
ments of the Superintendent and Matron, but turning to the 
left we enter a large, well lighted, beautiful living rooms. 
Poiir 9x12 rugs joined together furnishes a splendid cover- 
ing for the room and has the appearance of one big rug. At 
the far end of the room are two large ferns which lends a 
bit of color to the room. A large library table, loaded with 
good books and magazines, occupies the center of the floor. 
A davenvort is just to the right, while a victrola stands near 
the door, but better yet, around the room, seated in com- 
fortable chairs are the happy faced ones who call this home. 
There are eight of them at this time, each busy with their 
own pastime, but not too busy but what a glad smile of 
welcome greets the visitors. Were it a Lord's Day after- 
noon you would be given the treat of your life in joining in 
the services which we hold for these dear people each Lord's 
day. Just to see their happy faces and to hear them sing 
the dear old songs is a joy indeed. A great hall leads di- 
rectly from the front door to the dining hall with the kitch- 
en in the rear. The rooms for the members of the Home 



are on the second floor, with every modern convenience at 
their hand. A basement underlies the whole building, 
where the laundry, dl'ying rooms, electric plant, heating 
plant and fruit , rooms are located. Do you ask why there 
are not more people in the Home? Then we must tell you 
that there are a number of applications but they cannot be 
accepted because the applicants have no fluids or property 
and the Home is not self-supporting, therefore, they must 
be refused. If there were sufficient funds, additional land 
could be purchased and the Home could be made self-sup- 
porting from the proceeds from the farm land's. We have 
the very best environment possible, with the very best 
Christian people in charge. We have the Home and plenty 
of room; if we had the support we could oi)en the doors of 
the Brethren Home to those who stand in urgent need of 
this help. With the proper amount of support there could 
do it? Benevolence Day affords the Brethren opportunity 
be a waiting list instead of a lot of empty rooms. Shall we 
to lay upon the altar an offering that will make this very 
thing possible. An opportunity to do a real piece of con- 
structive Christian service that will honor our Lord and 
bring untold happiness into the lives of many who need just 
.such a home. We know that should you be able to make 
this visit in person that you would at once catch the vision 
and do this offering in true Brethren style. There are 
many things that are yet to be done and the only way to 
finance these is to depend upon your gifts. Let us there- 
fore, give as unto the Lord. 
Flora, Indiana. 



Optimistic Regarding Benevolences 

By A. L. Lynn 



The last Sunday in February is the time for your Ben- 
evolence Day Offering. I am optimistic enough to believe 
that on this day Alexander the Coppersmith will meet with 
the greatest defeat ever recorded in the history of the 
Brethren church. Fei'vently do I pray that Brother Green- 
backs and Sisters Silversmiths will be on hand in such 
numbers that insignificant "Aleck" won't get a look-in. For 
he certainly has done much evil to the Superannuated Min- 
isters, widows and dependent orphans of pai3tors, and to 
church work in general. 

The reason for my optimism is three-fold : 
(1) It is a worthy cause. (2) The need is imperative. 
(3) We have the remedy. 

(1) It is a grand thing to be young — to have the sight 
clear, the hearing acute and the step elastic, and all our 
pulses marching on to the drumming of a stout heart. They 
were young. Now they are old. The grandest things in all 
the universe are the old things. Old mountains — old seas — 
old stars — and glorious old age — if found in the way of 
righteousness. 70 or 80 years. All for God and making this 
world happy. Splendid — glorious — magnificent. Because 
of their heroic faith ; self -abandoned, tireless efforts ; great 
exploits, our life is nmde richer, fuller, deeper. It is a 
worthjr cause we are asked to support. 

(2) The need is insistent. "The laborer is worthy of 
his hire." However, the remuneration these devoted ser- 
vants received was not sufficient to lay up anytliing for the 
proverbial rainy day. The days of their usefulness are 
gone, as far as active Ministry is concerned. They have no 
resources. Smooth the way for these dear old men of God. 
They have not many more steps to take. The bright morn- 
ing and hot noon-days of life have passed. The sun has 
dipped below the horizon. The heavy dews are falling. The 
activities of all life daily are all hushed for them. No, they 
are not on the shady side of life — they are on the sunny 
side. They are nearer home today than they ever were be- 
fore. 



(3) We have the remedy. God has richly blessed us 
with this world's goods. Therefore, we have opportunity — 
likewise increased respon.sibility. There are manifold scrip- 
tures, lucid and insistently emphatic, which unequivocally 
show what the Christian's attitude should be toward his fel- 
low-men's needs. Reader, what is your attitude .toward 
these scriptural injunctions? Do they strike you as being- 
authoritative? I refer to just two or three passages. Paul 
says: "If we provide not for our own, especially they oi 
the household of faith, we have denied the faith and are 
worse than the unbeliever." John says: "Whoso has this 
world's goods and seeth his brother have need and shutteth 
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the 
Love of God in him?" "Freely ye have received, freely 
give." 

Generous giving to a Christian cause has a decidedly 
beneficent effect upon the giver. "It is more blessed to give 
than to receive," therefore, we should not snub a generous 
impulse if we wish to grow. Also, giving rejoices the heart 
of the recipient. A "God bless you" is good, but not good 
enough. Flatulent hallelujahs may give relief to the one 
who indulges in the vocal exercise. They certainly do not 
purchase the necessities of life. "More taffy and less epi- 
taphy" is a pungent way of stating the case. 

Brethren, if we give as Jesus would have us give, I am 
confident that the statement of the prophet "at evening 
time it shall be light" shall become more meaningful to the 
veterans of yesterday. 

Let us make this the biggest, the most generous and 
LOYAL, SELF-DENIAL OFFERING you have ever mad.. 
— a real sacrifice — ^^giving up something. They did as much 
for us, what shall we do for them? 

"I did so much for thee, what wilt thou do for me?" 
asks Christ from Calvary's cruel cross. 

Verily I say unto you : 'Inasmuch as ye did it not to one 
of the least of these, ye did it not unto me." 

I permit you to make the conclusion. Money talks. 



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Give it a chance on the last Sunday in February. It is a 
persuasive speaker. Lest we forget: Don't give pre-emption 
to insistent Alexander Coppersmith. Give William Green- 
back or some larger denomination the floor. I am sure 



there will be miieh rejoicing in the brotherhood, and the 
angelic hosts will join in the- sweet accord. 

Love and Loyalty Lift the Load. Lift — lift — all to- 
gether, let's lift. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 



The Preacher and His Message 

By George H. Jones 

{Paper read before the Ministers of the Pennsyl'vania District Conference held at Masontoivn, October, i925) 



I have been asked to present a paper before this group 
of preachers, and I felt that the best message I could bring 
would be one pertaining to our calling. Not a message on 
pastoral work, or the social life of the minister, but one 
dealing with the man and his message. As to the pastoral 
field, that is another matter. I am just a bit hesitant as 1 
am neither an authority in homiletics, nor a critic of style 
in discourse. However what I have to say is the result of 
some 22 years of obseiwation in the ministry, so it may have 
some weight. 

By way of introduction I may remark in a general way 
that to do effective work in any field a man must believe 
thoroughly in his calling. The minister must believe, not 
only in the usefulness of his calling, but in its peculiar 
office. He is not his own master, he is commissioned as a 
steward. Stewardship presents a peculiar relationship, a 
steward represents another. He is the servant of Jesus 
Christ. The preacher is before anything else a redeemed 
man ; then only can he he TGE VOICE OF GOD. 

It is peculiarly true of Christian preaching, that the 
Message is bigger than the man. There is no other public 
speaking in which this can be as truthfully demonstrated. 

He is the bearer of a divine message — is the "voice of 
one crying in the wilderness" of sin, the ordained servant 
of a different order. He is set apart to a specific task; a 
soul winner; a moral instructor; a teacher of saintly souls; 
a defender of the faith ; an example of truth and holiness. 
He dare not be original, but the message is the OLD MES- 
SAGE. He dare not change the offer of grace, nor the terms 
of reconciliation, he is only 'he voice. He is human, of 
coiirse, but he must realize that Jesus Christ was also hu- 
man, that the Holy Spirit dwells in humanity and that God 
is transforming humanity in his own way, not ours. 

The man that wholeheartedly accepts this understand- 
ing of his ministry will more and more realize the ideal to- 
ward which God is working in him. It is when a man for- 
gets this that he becomes a human scold, a critic more self- 
righteous than helpful. This perhaps explains why some 
men become helpless in their ministry and disti'usted by 
their brethren, who are still preaching "the faith once de- 
livered unto the saints." Such a man selects themes and 
discusses problems that savor more of man than of God— 
of earth than of heaven. Illustration. Recently an observer 
in religioiis matters noted that almost fifty wer cent of the 
themes piiblished in a great city paper dealt with science, 
literature and art, rathei' than with the message of the min- 
istry. 

One of the dangers of the modern pulpit is the itch 
upon the part of many a preacher to popularize his message. 
Hook reviews are advised ; modern plays are analyzed ; 
Movies are recommended; open forums for the discussion of 
labor problems; vai'iety is advised for the sake of attrac- 
tion. The conscientious servant of God looks askance at 
these innovations — perhaps they ai'e all right, no doubt they 
are in their place, but the pulpit is consecdated to the Gos- 
pel message. 

The danger in this direction to the church is that of 
filling the house of God with lovers of a "soft gospel," 
pleasure seekers who are trying to fit the Faith to the friv- 
olity of the times, rationalists who are explaining away the 
miracles, and scientists who are trying to remodel revela- 
tion into evolution. 

"Recently Dr. Dubois, a French scientist, gave a de- 
tailed account of three fragments of three skeletons which 



have been found in the early Pleistocene strata of Java, and 
which introduce us to a new species, which is also a new 
genus and a new family, of the order of primates, placed 
between the Simidae, and Hominidae — in other words, ap- 
parently supplying the "missing link" between man and 
the higher apes, which has so long, as well as so anxiously, 
been awaited. The material is sufficient for a close osteo- 
logical comparison. The cubical capacity of the skull is 
about two-thirds that of the human average. It is distinctly 
dolicho-cephalic about 70 per cent, and its norma verticalis 
astonishingly like that of the famous Neanderthal skull. The 
dental apparatus is still of the simian type, but less mark- 
edly so than in other apes. The femora is singularly hu- 
man. They proved beyond doubt that this creature walked 
constantly on two legs, and, when erect, was equal in height 
to the averrtge human male. Of the various differences 
which separate from the highest apes and the lowest man, it 
is said that they bring it closer to the latter than to the for- 
mer. One of the bearings of this discovei-y is upon the 
birthplace of the human race. The author believes that the 
steps in the immediate geneology of our species are : Prothj^- 
lobates ; Anthropopithecus Sivalensis ; Pithecanthropus, 
only top of skull, erectus; and jawbone Homo Sapiens. This 
series takes us to the In'dian faunal province and to the 
southern aspects of the Himalayan chain, as the region 
somewhere in which our specific division of the great or- 
ganic chain first came into being." 

I have no doubt but that all this as related furnished 
reliable data concerning both the origin and development of 
oiir race, but it is a pity that a man cannot find something 
more inspiring than such "plain evidence" of modern 
need's, to preach about. 

The most effective message is the one with apostolic 
purpose, with the Baptist's purpose, not that which deals 
with scientific purpose, or pliilosophic or even social prob- 
lems, but that which pertains to the heart, the conscience, 
and the life. Here and there are some men who can touch 
upon these themes with skill and effect, but the need of the 
average preacher is to focus on his calling. 

Bible Preaching 

AVhat is Bible preaching? It is primarily the "thus saith 
the Lord." This was the secret of John's success; do not 
misunderstand me, success, not popularity or fame. It was 
the secret of prophetical success. It was the secret of the 
Reformation. It jDut life, vigor and power into the message 
of the church fathers. It is what we need today. Bible 
preaching has been on the decline for some years. It is not 
palatable. There is less Scripture quotations now than 
ever before. Exposition is old fashioned. We are less in- 
clined to quote authority from Holy Writ than from some 
famous school. There are more beautiful literary quota- 
tions and poetical effusions than ever before. This is a con- 
stant temptation to the scholar. There is a divided appeal, 
less that of Scripture and more that of human experience. 
Rather than an infallible rule of faith and practice, there is 
a tendency to preach the gospel of "the house by the side 
of the road, the Abou Ben Adhem poetry for a vigorous 
theology. 

There can be no safe substitution for the Bible in 
preaching. A little dilution of other literature goes a long 
way, it is excellent for the study, but dangerous for the pul- 
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God than the inspiration of his Word. Through it he 
speaks. From it we get our laws. By it we are taught the 
highest moral standards. It is the most popular book pub- 
lished. Everybody has access to it, while I confess I do not 
have Browning's poems in my library. Illustration. I sup- 
pose I have a lot to be thankful for, in my ignorance. 

Paul preached it in such a way that Athenians criti- 
cized it, but Corinthians and Thessalonians and Bereans 
were converted by it. When a church becomes noted for its 
Bible preachers, that cliurch is being used of God. It is the 
best way God has of reaching men. 

Some preachers use the Bible for convenience sake : It 
is good enough to furnish texts and some subjects, but what 
an effective weapon it is when men use it as a sidearm, 
rather than the chief weapon of spiritual attack. They talk 
of liberty of thought and weaken their appeal by ridicul- 
ing traditional interpretations until people are asking them- 
selves, "What can we believe?" They cease to be convert- 
ing and insijiring preachers because they fail to identify 
their teachings with "thus saith the Lord." History is but 
the repetition of man's dealing with man, but inspired 
Scripti;re is a more cheerful message, it is a history of God's 
dealing with man and it points out hope as the other points 
out despair. God's Word is everything in a truly Christian 
pulpit. 

To be fully effective, the message should be full of 
Christ. The man who hides behind Christ in his message 
will succeed. He may be unpopular, he may be laughed at, 
he may even be abused, biit he will be saved, he will be 
right. Jesus is the source of our message. He is the life 
of our message. He is the Redeemer and that is what hu- 
manity needs, even if it does not want it. He is our pat- 
tern. Not only ours, but our fellow man's. He may not be 
acceptable, but he is the only hope of a better day. He 
may be the incarnation of love, but Ave must not forget that 
he used a scourge, at least once, possibly twice, in the 
temple. Sometimes men need the truth scourged into them 
as well as to be wooed by love. He is the only conqueror 
of sin. Sin is still as sinful as of old. Manhattan is as 
much like Babylon, as any city of antiquity. 

It should be full of wholesome doctrine. Truth is dear 
to God and needful to man. 'Christ was first the teacher, 
then the Savior. He said, "I am the Way, the Truth and 
the Life." His prophetic office is just as important as his 
priestly or kingly. His apostles were empowered to pro- 
claim and unfold his doctrine. Each one taught dogma, 
then practice. The sciwant of Christ must do the same to- 
day to get apostolic results. There can be no practice with- 
out doctrine. Truth is in order to exemplification. Tlie 
modern cry of narro\\aiess when doctrine is preached, is a 
mistake. 'The preacher need not be any narrower than 
Christ. There is no support for the objection to doctrinal 
preaching. The Bible is built upon doctrine. Philosoph.y is 
built on doctrine, so, too, is reason. Religion is first a doc- 
trine, then a life. There is a doctrine of God, of the Holy 
Spirit, of Christ, of heaven and hell, of sin and of man. 
Christianity has its tenets. The preacher cannot afford lo 
compromise Bible teaching. He should have the biggest 
creed of any man. Jesus kept making greater demands 
upon the faith of his followers with each succeeding revi la- 
tion. At first they staggered under his exactions, but aftei- 
receiving the Holy Spirit they accepted all communical ion<i 
without question. The preacher must be a defender of the 
faith even if he stands alone. He is to awaken the dead 
and be the instrument to impart abundant life. Doctrinal 
preaching would solve many modern church problems, even 
bringing to life the dead. 

Considering the character of the man and his message. 
the preacher must be true to his denominational standards 
and spirit. When God sets the solitary in families he ex- 
pects them to be light unto the world. He who makes his 
home what it should be is the best of citizens. We have 
vowed allegiance to Jesus Christ, and then to the church in 
which we are laboring. We are moulded by its history, its 
teacliings, its practices, its principles. We teach those who 



love, honor and support it, and who have received their 
spiritual birth in it, hence our messages should uphold what 
we feel are its own peculiar standards. 

In conclusion let me emphasize the fact that the preach- 
er and his message must keeji an account for two worlds. 
The present and past tendency has been to be practical in 
our preaching, which means preaching more for this world. 
Sanitation and its bearing upon our physical welfare, the 
springs of political corruption, the bootlegger and his sup- 
pression, the nationalization of huge industrial enterprises, 
the physical development and recreation of our communi- 
ties, the educational progress and the making of good 
homes, these and a score of other welfare schemes have 
been interesting. It is called practical Christianity. Then 
there is the glorification of ethical culture. Human sympa- 
thy and benevolence, morality, good citizenship, etc. This 
is all good advertising for the minister and his church, but 
the question is, does it pay in spiritual dividends? Illustra- 
tion. The minister who resigned from every club, fraternal 
order and social organziation. 

No doubt human betterment has its place in preaching, 
but spiritual values are of more moment. Eteniity looms up 
and is large with glory or woe for men. Christ taught, 
"Labor not for the meat that perisheth, but for that which 
endures for life eternal." Paul tells us "Godliness is prof- 
itable unto all things, having the promise of the life that 
now is. and of that which is to come?" Again a man came 
to Jesus, asking about an inheritance, and Jesus asked him, 
"Who made me a divider over you?" It is true our Lord 
supplied bodily needs and improved social conditions, but 
only as subordinate to the promotion of the heavenly King- 
dom. He spoke of the world beyond. He presented Heaven 
as a cureall of life's inequalities and trials and as the real- 
ization of a perfect existence. He told of a place of tor- 
ment to be avoided. He dealt with both time and eternity 
biit gave prominence to the everlasting. It becomes the 
preacher then to imitate his Master and preach for heaven 
more than earth. Like him we miist project the heavenly 
spirit into earthly affairs. We must get people into the King- 
dom of glory as well as into the Kingdom of Grace. At the 
gi-eat day it will be found that the preaching which secured 
the most stars in Christ's crown of rejoicing was the man 
and the message most like him and his message. 

Illustration — A great preacher went to hear a man cel- 
ebrated for his Biblical knowledge. He came liorne de- 
lighted with the clear and brilliant expositions of the truth 
that he had heard, but chilled with the coldness of the man's 
intellectuality. It was true, clear. Scriptural reasoning, but 
that was all. 

He went in the afternoon to hear another tuan, this 
one noted for his fervor. He came back delighted ■\\'ith the 
luiction and earnestness of the preacher, but it was a fire 
that scorched. He burned him with his fiery denunciations. 
There was no room for the blunderer or weakling. 

ile went again at night and this time he came home in- 
structed and thrilled. The sermon had not only been expo- 
sitional, but it had the warmth of a man in loving earnest- 
ness. It had too the light of the patience of God. It was 
not a fire that scorched, but a fire that warmed. It was the 
power of the Holy Ghost speaking the truth in love ; tlie 
Bible ablaze with holiness : the Father God pleading for the 
return of the wayward child. This was true preaching. 
Conemaugh, Pennsylvania. 



PRAYER 

O God', who hast put thy mercy in our hearts through 
the experience of thy love in Christ, by the incentive of thy 
Holy Spirit's teaching, help us so to live that we may be 
true witnesses for thee. Thou hast given us liglit; aid us 
through holy living, watchfulness and love to make thy light 
visible in our lives from day to day. We thank thee for the 
fellowship, of witness with our Lord Jesus Christ and with 
all his faithful followers. Thou hast put into our hands the 
torch ; help us to pass it on, still all aglow with faith and 
faithfulness, to others. — Isaac Ogden Rankin. 



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TEXT 



The Unlimited Field 

By Freeman Ankrum 

And the field is the world, and the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom ; and the tares 
are the sons of the evil one. — Matthew 13:38. 



These word's were spoken by Jesus likely in the house 
of Simon and Andrew in Capernaum to the disciples, fol- 
Iciwing the speaking to the multitude by the seaside. When 
opposition developed to his teaching Jesus resorted to the 
use of parables, which both revealed and concealed truth. 
The words of the above text are words given in answer to 
a request by the disciples for an explanation of the Parable 
of the Tares. 

While this production is not meant as an exposition of 
the Parables of the tares, there are perhaps a few details 
that may be noted in passing. The sower is the Son of Man, 
and the field' is the world. It may be that we as serious 
thinking people may need to realize that the world or field 
is unlimited in extent. There are fences of pi'ejudice, likes 
and dislikes, that will need to be torn down and removed 
entirely. The Son of Man as a sower of Gospel seed sowed 
among the Hebrew people, but to those who took up the 
burden of good news there came a Avider sowing and even- 
tually there broke in upon the minds narrowed by Judaism 
the fact that this was not a field limited by the boundaries 
of their own small country. As conviction came zeal in- 
creased and we find Paul the master pioneer of misisonaries 
daring suffering in all its forms to spread the seed beyond 
the borders of the limited locality in which Jesus lived and 
moved. 

While the ov/ner of the field slept the enemy came ancJ 
sowed tares. Perhaps some of the warnings given by Jesus 
were given with the fact of the sleeping in mind'. Likely 
he foresaAv that scandals and offenses would arise, denials, 
betrayals, treacheries and deceits would come about and 
that even the apostles would quarrel among themselves. 
Thus in the visible church evil would be continually mingled 
with the good. We have yet in part to realize that the more 
we sleep at the post, the greater the amount of evil that 
will predominate in the visible church. Today as we look 
oiit upon the wide expanse of the field and see it in all its 
varying moods with the mar]<s of sin on every side it may 
be just a little difficult to imagine that there was a time 
when the evil one had not scattered his tares and the field 
was a delight to the eye and an inspiration to the soul. Let 
us turn the pages of time and go back to the very dawn of 
the Halcyon days of the Old World, then young; it must 
have been an unceasing delight, a masterpiece of beauty 
and joy. When the Divine Creators rested from their work 
and looked upon the products of their owai hands the im- 
agination of twentieth century man would be unable to pic- 
ture the paradise of God in its magnificent splendor as it 
was when unmarred by sin. Then man came, he was not 
satisfied to dwell in the midst of sonless beauty. Man was 
the bringcr of the plague, he lost Eden but gained the need 
of a Savior. With the coming of tliat which caused the 
grief and death of generations, man had let in that which 
he was powerless to remove. Try with all his limited 
power, he was unable to produce a cure, and it became nec- 
essary for the Sower to come. Thus we look i;pon the field 
today— not as God made it but as man and Satan have made 
it. We see the field that had once waved in undescribable 
beauty blighted as a bed of flowers is stricken by the un- 
timely frost of autumn. As in the days gone by there 
flashed over the wires of the first telegraph instrument the 
words, "What hath God wrought!" so we look out upon 
the marred han(liA\ork of God and say, What hath sin 
wrought ! There falls i;pon our ears the wailing of the im- 
fortunate and helpless, and we see again what Satan hath 
wrought. Fellowship, peace and harmony are broken and 



frayed. Intimate friends made enemies, families broken up 
and the home circle completely annihilated. The statement 
of 1 John 5:19 that the whole world lieth in the evil one 
was never more true than it is today. It is guilty before 
God and there ascends unto him the groans from oppres- 
sion and injustice. 

Each sunset finds our nation more lawless than the pre- 
ceding one. Laws ai-e evaded through technicalities and 
defeated by those who have been sworn to uphold and in- 
terpret them. The lawyers and scribes of Jesus' time failed 
in a large measure in reaching the points of evasion and the 
loading of technicalities upon their fellow men that some of 
our modem criminal lawyers have reached. Wealth pur- 
chases immunity, and when apprehended freedom, while 
poverty-stricken and friendless criminals oftentimes suffer 
without mercy. We make and' break more laws than any 
other country. The calendars of our courts are crowded 
because of legal intricacies and the lack of a common sense 
attitude toward the law's intentions. During the past 
summer President Coolidge said, "If we cannot govern our- 
selves, if we cannot observe the law, nothing remains but 



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A Devotional Reading of Matthew's Gospel 

(Clip and put in your Bible for convenience.) 

MO'NDAY 

NEW LIGHT ON THE KINGDOM— Matt. 13:44-52. 

Many did not, and do not yet, realize the great and 
vital significance of the Kingdom; Jesus brings forth 
aew and wonderful meaning to this old conception. 
TUESDAY 

BANE OF IRREVERENT FAMILIARITY— Matt. 13: 
53-58. 

Familiarity without reverence breeds contempt and 
unbelief. Those who would know much about Christ 
nust maintain a deep love for him and a devoted atti- 
tude toward him, or he will lose the divine charm and 
ivonder of his personalitv for them. 
WEDNESDAY 

HAUNTED MEN— Matt. 14:1-12. 

As Herod was haunted by the ghost of his sin, as the 
blood of Cain 's brother rose from the ground to witness 
figainst him, as Joseph's brethren wert self reproached as 
they faced him after many years, so are the guilty souls 
of men ever haunted bv the ghosts of their dead sins. 
THTJESDAY 

A DESERT PLACE— Matt. 14:13-21. 

There are many spiritually desert places in this old 
A-orld, places filled with multitudes hungering for the 
Bread of life, and many dying without its satisfying 
nourishment. 

PRIDAY 

TESTING THE DESCIPLES— Matt. 14:22-36. 

"Jesus will not have them to be clinging only to the 
sense of his bodily presence — as ivy, needing always an 
jutward support — but as hardj' forest trees which can 
brave a blast", says Trench, "and this time he puts 
forth into the danger zone, . . . And by the issue he will 
awaken in them a confidence in his ever-ready help." 
SATURDAY 

HYPOCRISY DENOUNCED— Matt. 15:1-9. 

We merit the denunciation of Christ no less than the 
Pharisees, when we exalt forms and ceremonies above 
beart religion and creeds and tradition above the written 
word of God. 

SUNDAY 

INNER RIGHTEOUSNESS— Matt. 15:10-20. 

That is the only kind that counts in the long run, 
Jesus insists, and to guard the heart is the thing of su- 
preme importance. — 6. S. B. 



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to have some one else govern us, to have the law enforced 
against us and to step down from, the honorable abiding place 
of freedom to the ignominious abodg of servitude." This 
quiet man of New England realizes that a country that can- 
not longer enforce her laws is sliding swiftly toward obliv- 
ion. No preacher in the past few hundred years has had as 
much to contend with, as the Spirit-filled and Spirit-led 
emissary of the Lord Jesus Christ today. The Spirit of God 
seems to be slowly withdrawn from the world and instead 
of men who will fearlessly challenge conditions from the 
pulpit, oftentimes they are a party to them. Surely the 
Devil who hates the church must be proud of some of his 
servants who stand in eleiical robes and deny the funda- 
mentals of tlie Old Book. More and more must the men who 
at heart fear God and not men, find there is little coopera- 
tion from those who should stand Avith them. Many times 
instead of churches being composed of Spirit-filled worship- 
pers, they are filled with unconverted siimers. What in- 
ducement to the man in the street to come into fellowship 
with a church when the preacher is dishonest when it 
comes to meeting his obligations, and the members of the 
church in the main are there because of business and pres- 
tige. The crying need' of the church today is for more men 
who are clean hearted in the pulpit and clean moixthed in 
the street. There are preachers in eveiy church who have 
killed their influence because of the language and stories 
outside of the pulpit, and the Brethren cliurch is no excep- 
tion. 

This is an age in w^hich many men and women have 
saci'ificed their very souls to piirchase notoriety. Thus we 
see while the watchmen have been sleeping, Satan has thor- 
oughly filled the field with all manner of things which will 
benefit him and detract from the perfect grain which should 
have been produced in great quantities. He has not ne- 
glected one single corner of the field. The jungles of the 
tropics, the icefields of the arctics, the comfortable habita- 
tions of the tempei'ate zones, all have felt the touch of the 
Satanic power. In savage hut, in the comfortable home of 
the laborer, in magnificent palaces, he has also plied his 
art. Surely, surely, unless there soon comes that which 
will call a halt, the Innnan race must plunge into disaster. 
In all the gloom of broken homes, evaded laws, and sin 
that abounds on every side, there shines one ray of light 
and that is Jesus. This field that has been blighted is still 
beloved of God, for God so loved the world that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should 
not perish, but have eternal life. He has not tunied his 
back upon the sin cursed world but here and there con- 
tinues to gather his own. Even as the Prophet Elijah lost 
sight of those of like faith, so do we at times in the gloom 
of night come to the same error. God valued the treasiu'c 
in the world and sent his evangels to dig beneath the im- 
couth surface for the gold hid therein. He paid an awful 
price, the price of his Son and yet there are countless num- 
bers that continue to trample under foot the matchless price 
paid for the redemption of the souls of men. 

As Jesus looked out upon the approaching crowds of 
Samaritans who came to him as he sat at Jacobs' well, and 
pointed out the fact that the fields were ripe already for 
the harvest, so is there need again to realize that the state- 
ment made then was never as tiiie as it is today. This field 
is teeming with masses of people who are surging in restless 
waves toward those things which satisfy not. The enjoy- 
ment and satisfaction that does come is only temporai-y. 
Yet the mistake is made in the pulpit by using the things 
which in themselves are of pas.sing interest, hollow and un- 
satisfying, to draw people into the church. There is only 
one drawing card that will cleanse and satisfy, and that is 
the lowly Nazarene. Law will never be a panacea for the 
ills of the world. Legislation may deter but will never 
prevent crime. We may cover the inflamed place on the 
Social Body until it will appear as the surounding flesh but 
the cure is not in the whitewashing, but must be in a depth 
that will touch the very bottom of the affliction. In.stead of 
commencing on the outside and working in, we must re- 
verse the order and commence gn the inside and Work out. - 



It is bi-ouf:rit to our notice almost daily that placing the 
laA\'brcaker in confinement does not cure him of criminal 
tendencies. There is a cure for the world's unrest, there is 
that which will be a panacea for broken homes, and disre- 
spected parents, there is to be found that which will far 
supercede the fines and imprisonments meted out on every 
hand, and only one, and that is the One who has been so 
maligned today in some so-called institutions of higher edu- 
cation, and among some self styled brainy men, — The Lord 
Jesus Christ. Truly the field is the world in all its sinful 
immensity, and the time is short for the reaping of that which 
will stand when the tares are gathered in their final place 
of disposition. Let us thefi enter this field witli the Helmet 
of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word 
of God, then and not until then shall the Lord of the hor- 
vest be satisfied with our reaping. 
Oak Hill, West Virginia. 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 



Ad Interim 

By M. M. Hoover 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

And as they heard these things, he added and spake a 
paral^le, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they 
thought the kingdom of God was immediately to appear. He 
said therefore. A certain nobleman went into a far coun- 
try to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. And 
he called ten servants of his, and gave them ten pounds, 
and said unto them. Trade ye herewith till I come. But the 
citizens hated him, and sent an ambassador after him, say- 
ing, We will not that this man reign over us. And it came 
to pass, when he was come back again, having received the 
kingdom, that he commanded these servants, unto whom he 
had given the money, to be called to him, that he might 
know what they had gained by trading. And the first came 
before him, saying. Lord, thy pound hath made ten pounds 
more. And he said unto him. Well done, thou good ser- 
vant : because fhou wast found faithful in a very little, have 
thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, say- 
ing. Thy pound. Lord, hath made five pounds. And he said 
ing, Tliy yound. Lord, hath made five pounds. And he said 
unto him also. Be thou also over five cities. And another 
came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy jDOund, which I kept 
laid up in a napkin: for I feared thee, because thou art an 
austere man : thou takest up that thou layest not down, and 
reapest that thou didst not sow. He said unto him. Out of 
thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. 
Thou knowest that I am an austere man, taking up that I 
laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow ; then where- 
fore gavest thou not my money into the bank, and I at my 
coming should have required it with interest. And he said 
unto them that stood by, take awaj^ from him the pound, 
and give it unto him that hath ten pounds. I say unto you, 
that unto every one that hath shall be given ; but from him 
that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away 
fi'om him. Howbeit these mine enemies, which would not 
that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay them 
before me (Luke 19:11-27). 

OUR MEDITATION 

The purpose of giving this parable seems to be stated 
in the words: "Because they supposed that the kingdom of 
God was immediately to appear. ' ' However, in the plan of 
God, the kingdom was not established, at least in the form 
the Jews thought, but has been postponed indefinitely. There 
are, to me, two main teachings in this parable: The prom- 
ised return of the king to establish his kingdom ; and the 
stewardship expected of the churcli during his absence. 

A brief explanation of terms should reveal that the 
nobleman is Christ himself, — and where is the noblest of 
earth's nobility that can compare with heaven's nobleman. 



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Next, the servants are the "called out" ones in the earth, 
the twice-born, blood-washed saints, heirs of God and joint- 
heirs with Jesus Christ. The pound represents the message 
of the gospel in all its fullness. The command, "Trade ye 
herewith till I come," surely is the imperative, the "eter- 
nal mu.st" incumbent upon every believer in Christ. 

The Book is teeming with passages which declare that 
Jesus will come to earth again. It is, to be sure, a most 
comforting and consoling hope, the bridegroom will come 
to receive his bride. Ofttimes we grow weaiy of life as we 
are compelled to live in a world where Satan still rules just 
as far as he can, when it seems our efforts for righteoiis- 
ness amoimt to little or nothing, — we are wont to pray. 
Come Jesus, come quickly. But perhaps tliat is just a little 
display of weakness, and our trust in God' is not doubly se- 
cure, — My grace is sufficient." 

Jesus will come, and all Christians long for his coming, 
but as to the time, the human mind doesn't know, and I 
think it best we do not. But one thing is absolutely certain, 



and that is, during his absence, the work of propagating the 
good news of salvation to a dying woi-ld is placed in the 
hands of the men and women of liis church, with the aid of 
the Holy Spirit. Jesus said the gospel must be preached. 
He surely intended that evei-y mortal should have an oppor- 
tunity to accept or reject, biit owing to our laxness and in- 
difference souls have come and gone and never had this op- 
portunity. What will our answer be? How have we 
"traded" The parable suggests rewards for "trading", 
but how can we think of rewards when we consider what 
we owe Christ, and never can, nor will repay. God loved 
"so" that he gave his Son; if ye love Christ "so" we will 
give him our just, honest and complete stewardship. 

OUR PRAYER 

Lord Jesus, we cannot fathom thy great love and sacri- 
fice. Just give us grace and a desire to be only faithful ser- 
vants till thou dost come. Amen. 

Dayton, Ohio, Et. 4. 



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Editor's Select Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

(Lesson for February 28) 
Jesus Teaches Respect for Law. (Temperance Lesson) 

Scripture Lesson— Matt. 22:15-22. 
Devotional Reading — Psalm 1. 
Golden Text — Think not that I came to de- 
stroy the law or the prophets: I came not to 



destroy, but to fulfil.— Matt. 5:17. 

LESSON LIGHTS 

"Fierce oppo-sition was offered to the trib- 
ute law . . . which was regarded as an im- 
piety, inasmuch as no Lord could be recog- 
nized but God. . . . Others offered opposition 
to the legality of the tax. ' ' But the payment 
of the tax did not endorse the rights of the 
government, but only the honesty of those 
who took benefits from it. — Illustrated Quar- 
terly. 

God's Prohibitions 

"The Gospel of God's Prohibitions" was 
the subject of a leading article in the "Brit- 
ish Weekly," and recently republished in a 
Boston paper. It pointed out that there is a 
strong leaning away from prohibition in any 
form, in any phase of life. We are told not 
to say "Don't" to the child. (And doubtless 
there are too many don 's in the average par- 
ent 's vocabulary and not enough thought 
given to constructive direction of youthful 
energies). But negatives have their place in 
life and to rule them out entirely is to lose 
conrol and let life run adrift. There is reac- 
tion on all sides against external control. 
"Yet the wisdom of God, even when it 
adapts itself to one stage of human progress, 
is never out of date, and there may be ele- 
ments of a gospel even in a prohibition. . ." 

"These negative Commandments of the 
ancient days are at least an indication of 
something in human nature — a something 
which is with us still, otherwise there would 
be no need for rules against picking flowers 
in public parks or acts against rowdyism in 
public meetings. 

"It is true that a prohibition may some- 
times provoke rebellion rather than acquies- 



cence. It is also true that law is often 
strangely powerless to accomplish its own 
objects. That was what St. Paul discovered 
when his failures drove him from law to 
Grace. That was the lesson of Bishop Butler 
and many another moralist, that there may 
be a very wide gulf between a man's sight 
of his duty and his obedience to what he 
sees. Yet these things do not alter the fact 
that through the ages governments and law- 
makers have addressed the human will as a 
great reality, and when they have said 
Thou Shalt not they have implied that there 
were certain degrees of self-restraint if not 
of positive attainment, which were within 
the reach of men if only they gave their 
minds to it. 

"The fact that in all civilizations the 
average citizen likes to count himself law- 
abiding is a proof that even negative enact- 
ments have been of some use in the educa- 
tion of humanity; and the will power which 
has availed to accomplish this might raise 
men farther yet if only they were sufficiently 
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Sunday School News 

As reported earlier Field Secretary ytuck- 
ey spent the month of January among the 
churches of Washington and California. He 
reports a very cordial reception and a hearty 
response. Reports from others testify to 
strong addresses and helpful conferences. 
Brother Stuckey is now working in Northern 
Indiana. 

Birmingham Again 

The earlier announcement of the coming 
Birmingham Convention brought forth inquir- 
ies concerning it. A number of persons have 
expressed a strong desire to attend. Some 
are planning to do so. The preliminary an- 
nouncements have impressed Sunday school 
people with the greatness and far-reaching 



significance of the meeting at Birmingham. 
Persons thus informed have difficulty of see- 
ing how they can afford to miss this wonder- 
ful convention. Thus it is really not a ques- 
tion: Can I afford to go? But can I afford 
not to go? It will be a great blessing to the 
Brethren church to have its full quota of ten 
delegates. Now is the time for schools that 
want to be represented to make applications 
for credentials through the undersigned. 

Vacaton Schools 
Church school leaders are busily engaged 
preparing for their vacation school session. 
A suggestive article by Brother Dyoll Belote 
appeared in the February Educator. Other 
articles will be appearing in our publications. 
The writer will be glad to answer questons 
concerning this work. We have here In the 
college young people who are desirous of 
serving as superintendents or teachers in va- 
cation schools, conducted by our churches. 
Are there churches that will avail thcm.selves 
of the services of these deserving young peo- 
ple 1 If not, these j'oung people will have to 
apply to other churches for a field of labor. 
They are ready and eager for work. Inter- 
ested parties may address the writer concern- 
ing these workers. 

Church Sdhool Evangelism 
The March number of THE EDUCATOR 
features church school evangelism and train- 
ing for church membership. Thought-provok- 
ing articles are supplied by Brethren minis- 
ters. Each writer calls upon superintendents 
and teachers to do their utmost to win the 
young for Christ and to train them for mem- 
bership in his church. Both ministries repre- 
sent peaks in church school service. Pastors 
will find decidedly usable material for in- 
struction classes in the little book entitled: 
"Studies in the Way of Life." There are 
twelve lessons which will help to prepare 
young and old to accept Christ and to enter 
into the fellowship Qi the church. This 
booklet may be had from the National Sun- 
day School Association of the Brethren 
Church at the rate of ten cents per copy or 
one dollar per dozen copies. 

J. A. GAEBER. 



FEBRUARY 17, 1926 



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J. A. GAEBER, President 

Ashland, Ohio 

E. D. BAENAED, Associate 

Mansfield, Ohio 



Our Young People at Work 

(Young People's Topics in The Angelus by Thobum C. Lyon.) 



GLADYS M. SPICE 

General Secretary 

2301 13th St., N. E., 

Canton, Ohio 



Forward Movement Fund 

The following is a list of receipts for the 

Christian Endeavor Fund. Any not yet re- 
ported will be gladly received. 

Balance (previously published), .... $20-4.00 

Dec. 8— Clay City, Ind., 5.00 

Jan. 8— Kittanning, Pa., 10.26 

Feb. 9— Fremont, Ohio, 5.00 

Feb. 10— Ashland, Ohio, 50.00 

Total to date, $274.26 

GLADYS SPICE, General Secretary. 



The Quiet Hour Presented 

The following presentation was sent to the 
California Endeavorer by a former Quiet 
Hour superintendent of Kings county, Call 
fornia. This would be good for Juniors: 

Have something to hold candles such as a 
cross. Nine girls. 

Quiet Hour. First girl reads Bible verse. 
Candle represents Bible studq. Second girl 
offers prayer, candle represents prayer. Third 
girl sings song, "Near to the Heart of God." 
Eepresents meditation. 

Prayer Circle. Fourth girl, song, "In the 
Garden," represents prayer circle. Fifth girl, 
same song, candle represents inner prayer 
circle. 

Pamily Altar. Sixth girl, song, "I'm 
Praying for You." Eepresents prayer list. 

Seventh girl, song, "Have Thine Own 
Way, Lord." Eepresents O. O. 0. 

Eighth girl, same song, represents Pocket 
Testament League. 

Ninth girl, same song, represents Family 
Altar. 

After this each girl walks to cross with 
candle in her right hand, letter in left hand, 

says this candle represents 

placing candle in a holder in the cross, with 
left hand she holds the letter in front of her, 
and after each one has done this the words 
' ' Quiet Hour ' ' are spelled out. 

Scene: Early morning, large clock in prom- 
inent place showing time. Girl enters, takes 
Bible, sits down and reads. After a moment 
kneels to pray, while "Near to the Heart of 
God", or some prayer song is sung. Eises, 
puts on hat and coat, leaves the room. Song, 
"Ere You Left Your Eoom This Morning." 



Quiet Hour Visualized 

This presentation shows how the Quiet 
Hour should be kept, first, meditation and 
worship, then reading of the Bible, thei. 
prayer. 

Meditation. Scene: Girl seated with bowed 
head, while someone behind the scene reads 
the following verses: Psalm 46:10; Josh. 1:8; 
Psalm 19:14. Then someone sings, "Near tg 
the Heart of God." ^m^ 



The Hill 

It seemed so steep a hill 

From where I stood, 
My courage weU nigh fled, 

Try as I would. 
But as I nearer drew, 

There seemed to be 
Some kindly power smoothing it 

Ahead of me. 
And lo! as I trudged along 

Eenewed in hope. 
There was no hi.l at all;^ — — 

Only a gentle slope. 

— Selected. 



JUNIOR ENDEAVOR 

By Virginia Haun 



{Topic for February 28) 

Radio Messages from the American 
Indians. Matthew 9:35-38 

This is a little Indian boy speaking to you 
from out in Oklahoma. He has never given 
any messages over the radio before but he is 
going to tell you about his life. 

"I was born here in this state of Oklaho- 
ma on a big farm. My parents were quite 
poor when I was bom, for although their farm 
was big, the soil was not very good for farm- 
ing. Several years ago they discovered oil 
on the land and since then the}' have sent 
me away to school. Now, I have advanced 
until I am about in the same grade at school 
as other boys and girls of my age. That's 
the reason I want to tell you my story, for 
there are other little Indian boys and girls 
in Oklahoma, who could tell the same story 
as I am telling, needing help but their par- 
ents have not discovered any extra money 
to send them to school and help them. 

"When I was but a small child I learned 
that years before when my relatives of long 
ago were living they had been rich. They 
lived in groups, or tribes as you call them, 
and traveled about over the country. They 
hunted wild animals to live on and liked 
their way of living. Then people came in 
ships from across the sea and gradually took 
their land from them and pushed the Indians 
who were my forefathers, across the coun- 
try. After many years of this, finally the 
time came when my people had been driven 
into so small a territory that they had to 
change their manner of living entirely. They 
could no longer wander around the country 
and live as they pleased, for they did not 
have enough land for that. 

"My people then settled down on the land 
that was left to them and most of them be- 
came farmers. Then land was mostly very 
poor and that is the reason that I was poor 
when I was born, as I told you a little bit 
ago. Now, I want to teU you about my child- 
iood days. Perhaps, I can tell you better if 



I tell you the new things I have learned since 
I have been sent to school. I have learned 
to wash my face every morning and take a 
bath twice a week. When I was small I was 
not taught how to keep clean. I have learned 
to clean my teeth and keep my hair washed 
and to have my hair cut often, so that it will 
look nice. I knew so little about how to 
keep clean before I went away from home 
that I even slept in the same clothes that I 
wore during the day, a lot of nights. 

"Another nice thing that I have learned 
since being away from home is that there is 
a God who loves little boys and girls. I 
have learned to pray to him each night. I 
am so glad there is someone who cares when 
I am bad or good. I am glad there is some- 
one who loves me. When I have trouble 
learning how to act like other children and 
learning to talk correctly so that others do 
not make fun of me, I talk to him about it 
and he helps me to feel better. I am so glad 
Jesus came to earth to give his life so all of 
us can be forgiven of our sins and learn to 
live better. 

' ' A still different thing that I am happy 
about learning from my teachers is how to 
make friends and be kind. I used to play 
mostly by myself and I did not know much 
about being friendly. It makes me feel good 
whenever I am kind to someone and I am 
making lots of friends among those who go 
to school with me. Of course I appreciate all 
the things that I learn in school, the things 
that go with every education. I like to 
study history and geography and learn to 
read and write. My teachers have been so 
nice to me in helping me to rmderstand the 
things that are hard for me. I work hard to 
get compliments from them, for when they 
say that I am doing well, it makes me happy. 

' ' Now I want to tell you about home. Since 
I have had a chance to go to school, I have 
been telling my father and mother how other 
people live and the things they do. Home is 
so much happier now for they have been get- 
tino- new things and making our house so 
much nicer. Then, too, they have learned to 
love Jesus lik^ I do, and that makes them 
happier. The- only thing that makes me un- 
happy is that there are a lot of other Indian 
children who have not had a chance like I 
have. I wish that everyone who hears this 
story of my life would try to do something 
to help my people. They need to be educated 
and to be taught about Jesus like I have 

been. 

Bible Eeferences 

M. Feb. 22 Neglected people. Isaiah 53:3-4. 

T., Feb. 23 Eeady for the gospel. 

Acts 14:8-10. 
W., Feb. 24 Education for the Indians. 

Acts 7:22. 
T., Feb. 25 Men of prayer. Acts 10:1-3. 
T.', Feb. 26 Heathen customs. 1 Kings 18:28. 
S. Feb. 27 Honesty and industry. 

Ephesians 4:28. 
Ashland, Ohio. ^•i 



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FEBRUARY 17, 1926 



(Send Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BAITMAN, 

Finaiicial Secretary roreign Eoaxd 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California. 



MISSIONS 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 

WILLIAM A. GEAJBHAET, 

Home Missionary Secretary, 

1106 American Savings Bldg., Dayton, Ohio. 



The Last Will and Testament 



"The Sky Parlor," Long Beach, Cal. 
February 17, 1926. 
Dear Members of the F. M. S.: 

Once upon a time (oh, oftener than that, 
I'm sure!) a man with thoughts and intents 
most pure, got into his head the notion of 
showing his devotion to his Lord and Savior, 
not only by his behavior and his earthly life 
and daily walk— "but," said he, "I'll make 
my money talk! " 

iSo he drew up his last will and testament, 
setting forth this most high and lofty senti- 
ment: "When I am dead and gone, every 
dollar, stick and stone that I can call my 
own, shall go to Foreign Missions, without 
'strings' or conditions!" And so he passed 
away, thinking not one would gainsay; but 
the flowers had not begun to bloom on his 
simple and humble tomb before "bouquets" 
began to fly from "friends" and relatives 
passing by! "Nuts!" said one, tapping wise- 
ly on his head; "always a little 'off', I 
said." "Undue influence," said another — 
"should have left it to his brother." And a 
forty-second cousin (so "far-removed" that 
ho had never even seen this relative who had 



roused his spleen) took pains now to go out 
of his way — "Base ingratitude, I say — giv- 
ing all his money away when he knew I 
needed an auto or two, and my promissory 
note was coming due, and even a chicken 
farm wouldn 't do me any harm. ' ' 

And so rney got together — these ' ' birds of 
a feather" — these "friends and relatives, 
after hurling all their cruel expletives at the 
head and heart of the departed, until even 
their cold hearts should have smarted with 
pain and shame. His memory they did in- 
sult, his will ne'er did consult, except as 
proof of his failing intellect — of his injus- 
ice, ingratitude and uegleet! They one and 
all agreed that his will they would not heed. 
iSaid they, "He always was a crank, and us 
he'd never thank for our disinterested ad- 
vice when he was here, so near and dear!" 
So to the courts they went, upon one purpose 
bent. For once they were all united, and 
their wrongs they recited, and appeared quite 
delighted when that good will bas broken — 
and Foreign Missions got not a carfare token! 
(To be concluded in our next). 
Yours in the Master's Service, 
THAT OFFICE SECEETAEY. 



A Chinese Funeral 



What is a lucky day for a funeral? If it 
is in China and you are a poor man, you are 
lucky to get any day for a funeral at all. For 
often in China when a poor man dies hia 
body is thrown into the fields for the dogs 
to cat because the family cannot ■ afford the 
high cost of a funeral. Sometimes the dead 
are put into boxes and set up in the grave- 
yard to wait until the family exchequer can 
stand the strain of paying for the final rites. 
And in many cases as this never happens the 
dead are left unburicd for all time. 

The Eev. George F .Erwin, Southern Meth- 
odist missionary in Harbin, Manchuria, de- 
scribes the funeral of a certain rich Chinese 
neighbor of his whose hoilv was kept in the 
house for twenty-two days after death while 
the fates were consulted as to a lucky day 
for its interment. 

During the twenty- two days of waiting two 
Chinese bands which occupied booths erected 
just outside the house, took turn about mak- 
ing the welkin ring with their noises, begin- 
ning at some such hour as four o'clock in the 
morning and much disturbing the neighbors' 
morning naps. One could not conscientiously 
term this music, asserts Mr. Erwin, doubt- 
loss thinking of those twenty-two sleepless 
mornings. Also during that period of wait- 
ing, religious services were conducted con- 
tinuously by both Taoist and Buddhist 
priests. 

Preparatory to the approaching great oc- 
casion, tho family as soon as the man died 
erected an arbor as high as a three-story 



house from the front veranda of their home 
to the street. This was covered with rugs, 
ornamented with fancy Oriental decorations, 
and brilliantly lighted with many colored 
lights. 

When the day finally came, Mr. Erwin, 
taking his Chinese boy as an interpreter, at- 
tended the funeral ceremonies. The proces- 
sion was so elaborate that it required one 
hour and thirty-five minutes to get it in line 
for marching, and the line of march, instead 
of leading direct to the grave, wound up and 
down the main streets of the city for about 
four miles. It required twenty minutes for 
the long procession to pass a given point. 

Seen through an American 's eyes, many 
strange things were carried in this funeral 
procession. Jlost of them were made of 
paper and included the following: Two street 
dancers or clowns; two tombstones standing 
on the backs of turtles; eight displays of gold 
and silver, to indicate the great wealth of 
the deceased; two large houses and two 
bridges over which the soul is supposed to 
cross into the next world; eight stands of 
flowers; four chests of money; two soldiers; 
a business office with two desks, two men, 
and a washstand; two life-sized paper horses; 
twenty-five signboards, representing scenes 
from ancient Chinese history; a carriage and 
an automobile; a temple with many gods; a 
fine house in which the soul will live in the 
other world; a bedroom; a sedan chair; thir- 
ty-four gay banners of many colors: thirty- 
eight long white banners telling of the man 's 
good deeds and quaKties; eighty-two banners, 



each made of about ten yards of the finest 
silk, the gifts of friends; twenty-nine large 
silk umbrellas; an enlarged picture of the 
deceased carried by four men; a sacrifice to 
be offered at the grave, consisting of a live 
sheep, a dressed hog, bread and fruit; and 
brass bowls of burning incense carried by 
small boys in bright red costumes. 

Twenty-six priests dressed in gay robes 
walked in the procession, and four bands, 
one an ordinary brass band apd the others of 
Chinese instruments, were placed at inter- 
vals. 

Behind all this sixty-four men carried the 
casket, made of timbers six or eight inches 
thick and painted with beautiful figures. The 
family dressed in white followed in automo- 
biles. This man had only tvfo wives, although 
a Chinese gentleman is allowed as many 
wives as he is able to support, and some of 
them have as many as thirty. 

About a thousand people marched in the 
procession, and a great crowd followed. fThere 
was one man who had been hired to explode 
cannon crackers along the line of march to 
frighten off evil spirits. At the grave most 
of the things that had been carrried in the 
procession were burned, and thus they passed 
into the next world for the soul to enjoy 
throughout eternity. 

The cost of this funeral was in the neigh- 
borhood of $7,000. — Christian Advocate. 



FOREIGNERS IN NEW YORK CITY AND 
THE AMERICAN BIBLE SOCIETY 

The "Gospel Advocate "-for Anugust '6, 
1025, has an interesting article on the subject, 
"What is the church doing for the foreigner 
in America!" This article is written by 
Robert iS. King. The Record takes the liberty 
of quoting certain passages from this article 
which are of special interest to friends of the 
Bible cause: 

The foreign white population of New York 
is greater than the combined population of 
Boston, Detroit, and Chicago. 

There is one street — Jones Street — that is 
445 feet long, and in a short walk of one 
hundred and twenty steps you will pass build- 
ings that house 1,072 people, including 522 
childi'en, representing ten nationalities. You 
will hear these people speaking Italian, Rus- 
sian, Polish, Greek, West Indian, Austrian, 
French, Spanish, Irish, and English . . . The 
American Bible Society is doing a great work 
among these foreign-born of New York in the 
distribution of Bibles in fifty-three languages 
among these millions of people. 



The late General William Booth, in esti- 
mating the dangers confronting the twentieth 
century, declared that the chief dangers 
were: 

" 'Religion vdthout the Holy Ghost; 

Christianity without Christ; 

Forgiveness without Eegeneration; 

Morality without God, and 
■ ■Seaven without Hell.' " 



FEBRUARY 17, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



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NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



FLORA, INDIAlvA 

After closing our work at Sunnyside wo 
gave our time to evangelistic work until De- 
cember sixth when we came to Flora to take 
up the work as pastor. During the fall 
months we held meetings for Witter, Ank- 
rum, iStuckman and Grisso. The Lord blessed 
our work together and many souls are happy 
in the Lord as a result of our labors. These 
brethren are pastors of fine churches that are 
growing and doing thing's for the Lord. We 
arc happy to have had the pleasure of work- 
ing with them. December (5th we came to 
Flora and found the church in need of a 
leader, as they had been without one for tvv« 
months. The first day was given over to the 
reception of the pastor and family with an 
all day meeting. The woi'k opened up in 
line shape, and on Christmas we put over our 
White Gift in a very creditable manner, our 
offering was around a hundred dollars. Jan- 
. uary tenth we began our revival meeting, 
continuing until the 31st. The meeting is 
now history but the memory will live in thf 
minds of the people of Flora for years to 
come. We were able to have with us to lead 
in the singing J. B. Long and wife of Los 
Angeles. We had these people engaged to 
help us in a meeting at Sunnyside but since 
coming to Flora we used them here instead. 
Long is a fine song leader, while Mrs. Long is 
an artist at the piano, and their work among 
the children is very effective. This is the 
second meeting that I, have held in Flora. 
Five years ago Albert Ronk assisted me in 
a meeting that was considered the best in 
the history of the church. We are glad to 
report a new standard set in this meeting as 
the results somewhat eclipsed the meeting of 
live years ago. The weather was not the best 
but there were only one or two nights that 
the efl'ect was noticeable on the meeting. Il'he 
greatest crowds in the history of the church 
packed the building night after night, bal- 
cony, Sunday school rooms, vestibules, in 
fact, every available space was filled. The 
first week was given over to messages to the 
church; at the close the invitation was given 
for the church to take a stand for Christ and 
the entire church moved forward to attest 
their earnestness. That night the invitation 
was given to sinners to accept Christ and 
from the first invitation confessions were re- 
ceived at every service throughout the entire 
campaign, with possibly two exceptions. They 
continued to come until fifty had come for- 
ward. Forty-two have been baptized and re- 
ceived into the church, four will go to other 
churches, while four await baptism. The 
meeting was remarkable in the ages of the 
converts, as they ranged from seven to sev- 
enty-seven. One man who at the age of sev- 
enty-seven had never confessed Christ, came 
tottering down the aisle, weeping his way to 
the Cross. Strong men bowed in prayer and 
eyes filled with tears as men came forward to 
confess Christ as Savior and Lord. The meet- 
ing was remarkable, too, in that several 
eases heretofore considered as impossibilities 
were won for the Lord. The revival is still 



en and others are inquiring as to the more 
l^erfect way of life. There will be some to 
come from the Darwin church by relation 
which will no doubt bring the grand total to 
sixty. 

The Sunday school has taken on new life, 
the attendance averaging for the month of 
January 220, running as high as 245. The 
church has been aroused and strengthened 
along all lines and is ready to do things for 
the Lord. On Wednesday night after the 
meeting we observed our communion. The 
people are saying that it was the best com- 
munion they ever attended. IThis speaks for 
the spirituality of the church. Never have 
we worked with a people who were as will- 
ing to do what they could to make a meeting 
a success, and if there is any credit to hu- 
man methods they are entitled to it all. Be- 
sides raising the expense of the meeting, 
which was $411, the good people of the Flora 
church gave the pastor a love offering of 
$130, which was gratefully received. We are 
asking that you continue to remember us at 
the throne of Grace day by day as we labor 
for the Blessed Son of God. 

F. G. COLEMAN. 



HAGEESTOWN, MARYLAND 
' ' On the Bead to Sunimerland ' ' 

The holiday season was observed with ap- 
propriate services by church and Sunday 
school and Christian Endeavor. The White 
Gift offering amounted to .$ir)0, and the 
Home Mission offering was $.3(32. The church 
that is thoughtful of others will never lack 
for itself. 

A novel Radio Concert and Musicale was 
given liy the young people recently. The 
radio part of the program was more amusing 
than satisfactory, Father Static and his an- 
gel (?) chorus seeming to be in possession of 
the air. We were reminded of the fact that 
the radio industry is yet in its infancy and 
that this may be the reason that the chihl 
misbehaves so often in the presence of com- 
pany. The program, however, was highly 
satisfactory. 

This church is still on the Evangelist Hon- 
or Roll. A list of 104 subscriptions was just 
sent to the Publishing House and there may 
be more. We are wondering how many of our 
churches exceed that number. How many. 
Dr. ITeeter? The "Evangelist" is becoming 
better and better. It is a telling factor in 
the work of the Church. 

Some of the Brethren ministers or laymen, 
men or women, may be interested in "The 
Churchmen's Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 
and Egypt." The announcement says: 
"This Pilgrimage is the first of its kind from 
America and must not be confused with the 
average tour or cruise. The tourist sees with 
his eyes — the pilgrim sees with his soul." 
Bishop E. V. Shalyer of Nebraska is the spir- 
itual leader and sponsor of this Pilgrimage 
which is made under the direction of the 
Temple Tours of Boston, and under the per- 
sonal directorship of Prof. Albert E. Bailey, 
said to be one of the best among such lead- 



ers. The number in the party will be com- 
paratively small, thus increasing the advan- 
tages. The cost is much below the usual 
amount. Bishop iShalyer promises to open 
the way to the inner privileges of Holy 
places and holy things which have never yet 
been opened to Americans. The writer hopes 
to join the partj^, various conditions permit- 
ting, but, should it prove possible, would pre- 
fer to have in the party more Brethren peo- 
ple, laymen or ministers. Only church peo- 
ple will be in the party. Any who may be 
interested should write us at once for full in- 
formation and booklet describing the Pilgrim- 
age. Every minister should visit the Holy 
Land once during his ministry and the soon- 
er the greater will be the benefi, measured by 
the increased service rendered the church. The 
Pilgrimage sails April S, four days after 
Easter, and returns June 7, unless an exten- 
sion tour is made in Europe which would be 
an added privilege. 

G. C. CARPENTER. 



BERLIN, PENNSYLVANIA 
Our last report from the "Mountain Top" 
was about the time of National Conference. 
The events during the fall months were 
those common to any congregation. Our an- 
nual business meeting was held the afternoon 
of January 1st. Reports showed that four- 
teen members had been added during the 
3'ear, that all financial obligations had been 
met and that there was a surplus in the 
hands of each treasurer. Perhaps the most 
outstanding accomplishment during the year 
was the building of the new church. A new 
constitution had been adopted during De- 
cember, and governed by this officers were 
elected and plans laid for the future. The 
present pastor received the call of the church 
to continue for another year from April 1st. 
Two events have occurred just recently 
which will long be remembered by the Breth- 
ren of Berlin. January 31 marked the close 
of services in the church which was dedi- 
cated December 4, 1881, under the ministry 
0] Elder H. R. Holsinger. It was a day of 
gladness, glad at the thought of going into 
a more adequate place of worship. With 
some there was a sadness caused by the 
thought of separation from a place made 
sacred by years of Christian associations. The 
message of the pastor at the morning ser- 
vice was in the nature of an appeal. A plea 
was made that as a people we leave behind 
all those things which hinder the work of the 
church, and that we take with us those 
things which are essential to spiritual growth. 
Especially that we carry w-ith us the faith 
which has made us a distinct people. The 
evening ser\-ice was informal in nature. Op- 
portunity was given to all present to give 
expression to the feelings and emotions 
which might possess them on such an occa- 
sion. Quite a number of short talks were 
given, expressive chiefly of the thought of 
the spiritual blessings which have been ex- 
perienced in this place. !Twelve or more who 
were present at the dedication more than 



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FEBRUARY 17, 1926 



I'oity-four years ago were present on this 
last day. 

On February 7 the congregation began the 
holding of services in the basement, or so- 
cial rooms, of the new church, and will con- 
tinue here till the time of dedication. The 
attendance at all of the services was large in . 
spite of the inclement weather and a blocked 
condition of by-roads. There were 227 in 
fciunday school. This part of the building to 
be occupied for the present was dedicated 
'with appropriate services. While the build- 
ing is practically linished, the date when we 
will dedicate has not yet been fixed. We 
must make this event late enough to be rea- 
sonably sure of good weather. Announce- 
ment of date will be made later. Our people 
here are to be given great credit for the sub- 
stantial and commodious church which they 
have built here at this historic place. This 
building is a credit to our beloved church. A 
fine Christian spirit has been manifested 
throughout. We are truly grateful for the 
words of encouragement and help which have 
come to us from over the brotherhood. We 
ask an interest in your prayers, brethren, 
that we may occupy so as to meet the Lord's 
approval. W. C. BENiSHOFF. 



NEWS OF THE COLLEGE 

About two weeks ago, I represented the 
College at the inauguration of the new presi- 
dent of the University of Akron, Dr. Zook, 
formerly of the Federal Department of Kdu- 
cation, Washington, D. C. About one hun- 
dred colleges were represented. Each dele- 
gate appeared in the colors of his school, so 
that the academic procession presented a 
very brilliant appearance. 

The last Faculty party was in honor of 
Dean Miller who set sail from New York last 
Tuesday, February 16. As guests we had 
Eev. Arthur Smith, who sails with him, and 
Mrs. Smith and Mr. P. A. Myers. 

In the absence of Dr. Bame, who has been 
elsewhere holding evangelistic services, the 
local men here filled his pulpit for him. He 
is now at Savannah, near Ashland, in a un- ■ 
ion evangelistic campaign. 

Dr. Bell of Dayton was here last week. 
He transacted some business with the Pub- 
lishing House and also with the College. 

We are not admitting any student who 
has failed elsewhere this past semester, as 
wo had some 25 who either failed here or 
were conditioned. The mortality list has 
been unusually high here this year, duo in 
part to the fact that we are bearing down a 
little harder than in former years. 

Tuesday evening of this week, Dean J. A. 
Garber had a social for the men of the school 
of whom he is the dean. It was a profitalde 
and enjoyable affair. 

Mr. Floyd Taber of California, senior, was 
recently called to fill a week engagement 
teaching in the Plymouth High School. The 
superintendent of that place reports most 
favorably on his work. 

Last week's notes reported that w-e had 
engaged Miss Harriett of Middlebranch for 
the summer school. It should have been Miss 
Hariott Wingert. The last naiue was-oniitted. 

Professor McClain gave a series of two 
addresses to the Y. M. and Y. W. C. A. at the 
college recently upon the subject of The In- 



spiration of the Bible. I think that he met 
the usual objections to the theorj' of genu- 
ine inspiration and deepened the faith of 
those who heard him. 

The Men's Glee Club recently sang in 
Chapel. This year we have both the Girl's 
and the Men's Glee Clubs, but only the for- 
mer is planning on a trip through our 
churches. This year we expect to go to 
southern Ohio, after Easter. 

EDWIN E. JACOBS. 



ANOTHER VICTORY FOR DAYTON 

The annual evangelistic campaign of the 
Dayton church is now history. The meeting 
began on Sunday, January 10th and closed 
on iSunday, January 31st. Brother Charles 
Ashman, pastor of the Johntsown church, 
was the evangelist. 

The campaign was a success from the be- 
ginning. The "Seventy" organization had 
done good preparatory work in a canvas of 
our district and were in touch with the un- 
churched people. The music was in charge 
of our own music director. The choir was 
assisted by the Eodeheaver Male Chorus and 
assisted by the Eodeheaver Malt Chorus and 
Ladies 'Treble Cleff Chorus of this city. 

Brother Ashman faithfully delivered strong 
and appealing Gospel messages, that wore 
well received by all. Ashman is a "work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." Our church en- 
joyed his preaching and fully cooperated 
with the methods used. 

Outside of a few bad nights the attend- 
ance and interest was good. On account of 
the two intensive campaigns of the past 
j'ears, conducted by Brother Elmer C. Miller, 
many thought we could not expect a largi' 
ingatnering, yet without any undue pressure, 
the results measure favorable with past 
years. 

There was a total of 90 who came forward. 
Sixty-six have been baptized and received 
into the church, one by relation, one by let- 
ter and four were reconsecrations. Of the 
remaining eightten, some are held back by 
parental objections and others will unite 
with other churches or be baptized later. It 
was a great victory and we are rejoicing in 
the results. W. S. BELL. 



EVANGELISM AT MASONTOWN 
PENNSYLVANIA 
..lust si.x years ago in the last of Brother 
Martin Sliively's pastorate at this place I had 
been asked to assist him in a meeting with 
the visible results of 43 additions. Brothel 
.T. L. Gingrich at that time having just grad- 
uated from Ashland College and married on 
the same day, came to this his first pastorate, 
and, during the meeting now reported, a 
church meeting was held and he received 'he 
call for the sixth year. I, of course, remem- 
bered many of the fine folk at Masontown 
and knew they have a fine reputation of know- 
ing how to respect their ministers, and to do 
many fine things that make the heart of 
both pastor and evangelist rejoice. I sus- 
pected the singing would be good, for some 
other churches have found it out and have 
borrowed on special occasions from the Ma- 
sontown choir. We struck all kinds of weath- 



er, though Ihis is not the beginning of a tale 
of woe, but we worked and prayed and vis- 
ited for two weeks before we had a confes- 
sion, and then the last week when the final 
count was made there were 47 very desirable 
and substantial additions to the church. For 
a repeat-meeting in which the evangelist was 
not new and therefore not a curiosity as a 
drawing card, and the pastor tried and true, 
we consider the Masontown meeting a vic- 
tory for them, for God and the Kingdom. 
Once more we went away from these fine 
people, realizing that again they had lived 
up to their former reputation of hospitality 
and did not withdraw when the free wiU of- 
fering was taken with just an announcement 
of the same without solicitation. We thank 
Masontown and rejoice with them in this vic- 
tory. 

Conemaugh, Pennsylvania 
Conemaugh was next without any rest, 
closing one meeting on Sunday night and be- 
ginning the other on Monday. I made my 
home the two weeks in Conemaugh with the 
pastor and his good wife, Brother and Sister 
G. H. Jones, who needs no introduction. 
Johnstown is his home and all but one of his 
pastorates have been held around the city. 
He had also just received a call for his sixth 
year here, but guess it is no longer a secret 
that he expects to take up the work at Mun- 
cie, Indiana, sometime in the early Summer. 
I was glad to work with Brother Jones for 
we had been at Geneva together and so far 
as I know the only two ever graduating in 
the Young People's Division of the Interna- 
tional Training School from the Brethren 
church. His work at Conemaugh therefore 
among the young people was visible, and all 
you need to do is to ask the young people if 
they want Brother Jones to leave. I heard 
regrets from them on every hand. Well, it 
was a bit unfortunate time for a meeting, 
and possibly two weeks is too short a time. 
But the railroad men were not given a 
chance, they were worked 16 out of every 24 
hours and sometimes more. Conemaugh has 
a problem in that when an American family 
moves out, two foreign families move in. 
Well, Conemaugh has some chings worth 
while. First, they have a wonderful build- 
ing, one of the best in the brotherhood. Then 
they have some mighty fine folk and when 
it comes to cooks and good looking folks, 
Conemaugh ranks high. Now as to the in- 
gathering, they just simply are not there. 
Five churches had a three weeks' union meet- 
ing overlapping ours one week and without 
a single confession and we had 14, which 
made us feel pretty good. This would have 
been an ideal place to have had a reconse- 
cration meeting and report great numbers, 
but inasmuch as, first, that does not add to 
the Kingdom new recruits, and second, that 
to report great numbers and not say that the 
pastor was the first one to reconsecrate him- 
self and was followed by his most consecrated 
members, and to try and to make Evangelist 
readers believe they were confessions and 
additions, is a modern form of prevarication, 
we have not resorted to this method. I re- 
peat again there were 14, that's all and 
that's the truth, and it was a victory and 
Conemaugh knows it and gave me a nice 
offering, and I thank them for it, and shall 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



PAGE io 



remember their kindness and the fine fellow- 
ship ^ye enjoyed with all of them, and espe- 
cially in the home with Brother and Sister 
Jones. I hope the shifting that is taking 
place this spring among several churches of 
pastors will be changes for the good, but a 
church certainly can afEord to go slow in 
choosing a pastor, for there is no more vital 
relation in the Kingdom than that of pastor 
and people, sheep and shepherd. 

B. T. BUENWOETH, Ashland, Ohio. 



Smile 

Joke with him who jostles you, 
Smile on him who hurries you, 
Laugh at him who push.es you. 
It doesn't cost a cent! 

Don't be carrying round that chip, 
Wink your eye and curve your lip, 
And from life's sunshine take a sip. 
It doesn't cost a cent! 

Don't be always first to rile 
Your neighbor — give him just a smile. 
It will cheer the dullest, while 
It doesn't cost a cent! 

— ^Author Unknown. 



CENTEK CHAPEL, INDIANA 

An unique revival service is in progress at 
the Brethren Center Chapel church near 
Eoann, Indiana, where Elder George Swihart 
is the pastor and evangelist. This church has 
been struggling along for some time in a 
community which is well worked by the 
churches of various denominations. It was 
only by the efforts of a few faithful Breth- 
ren that it was kept going. Brother S'wihart 
came to its aid like a David, and now the 
Brethren are rejoicing of the great victory 
that they now are experiencing. Fifteen 
have already made the good confession, and 
the prospects are exceptionally good for more 
■'o follow. On Tuesday evening of this week 
six came forward in response to the invita- 
tion. All others in the congregation were 
members of some church; this again convinces 
us that the days of miracles are not passed. 

This little united church in her untiring 
prayer led by a man who fears God and 
nothing else, hates sin and nothing else, is 
being honored of God. 

Brother George Swihart came to us from 
the Church of the Brethren about a year ago 
or more, and is proving himself to be a 
mighty factor in the Brethren church. His 
messages art convincing. He is able to u%e 
God's Word with telling effect. Our Breth- 
ren will profit greatly by engaging him in 
evangelistic efforts. His daughter, Mrs. 
Mishler, is an efficient song leader and at 
present she is helping her father in this 
splendid meeting. 

Let us rejoice with the Center Chapel 
Brethren and pray that God will continually 
bless them. O. C. LEMERT, 

Eoann, Indiana. 



reminder of the shepherding of God. The 
human race has required a great deal of shep- 
herding, and often the ways that men have 
chosen have been so dangerous and hurtful 
that barriers and fences are a sign of mercy 
and not of tyranny. When a mother teaches 
her little child that he must not play with 
Are, her ' Thou shalt not ' may be expressed 
in words, or it may be taught by some simple 
experiment which shows him how hot the fire 
is, how painful and dangerous. But the les- 
son is not merely to enforce her authority 
or to please her pride of place. It is for his 
safety and for his good. 

"And these old prohibitions are fences set 
up by an All- Wise Care, in love and in com- 
passion for the wayward lives of men — the 
very same love and pity with which he re- 
deemed them when he bare fhem and carried 
them all the days of old. Moderns as well 
as ancients have often found safety and peace 
in submitting themselves to the divine pro- 
hibition, the appointed limitation." 

IThe Volstead Act, in defining intoxicating 
liquor as that containing more than one-half 
of one per cent of alcohol, simply takes the 
standard set up by the United States govern- 
ment for many years before tne Eighteenth 
Amendment in its warfare against moonshin- 
ers, a stan.dard adopted on the insistence of 
the liquor men themselves. 

Our Individual Eesponsibility 

"Our lesson text has a direct and powerful 
bearing on the problem of the enforcement 
of the prohibition law. Our Lord tells each 
of us that we have a duty to the state and a 
duty to God. In this case our duties do not 
and cannot conflict. It is in every way for 
the good of the state that the liquuor trade 
shall be forever abolished. The same is cer- 
tainly in accordance with the law of God. No 
one can be a good Christian or a good citi- 
zen and oppose the Eighteenth Amendment 
and the laws enforcing the act. Each one of 
of Christ's followers is responsible for his 
influence, exerted to its fullest extent. That 
influence should work for the social ostraciz- 
ing of all who are working for the return of 
the saloon, for the political defeat of all wet 
office-holders and candidates for office and 
for the vigorous support of all officers who 
are trying to enforce the law and of all pro- 
hibition organizations. This is no time for 
straddling fences. It is no time for shirking 
obvious duty. The war is on, and whoever 
fails to fight for law and purity is a coward 
and a traitor. Let men condemn him as he 
is certainly condemned by the Almighty." — 
A. E. Wells, Litt.D. 



Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

(Continued from page 10) 

energized, guided and strengthened to perse- 
vere. 

"The negative Commandments are also a 



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THE NEW YEAR 

The new year, that is the year A. D., 1926, 
has already received a good start as a mea- 
sure of time. As the years come and go we 
find that one is pretty much as another, and 
yet each year should be somewhat different. 
At least we feel that we are not getting 
ahead very much unless something different 
is done. It may be the same old task as 
usual, but we would like to do it just a little 



better than it ever has been done before. And 
this is our wish for the work of the Breth- 
ren Publishing House, that it may be able to 
serve the Brethren church and the cause of 
Christ just a little better than it has ever 
served before. 

However this can be done only as we re- 
ceive the hearty cooperation of those whom 
we seek to serve. We certainly covet the 
cooperation of all our pastors and Christian 
workers everywhere. ' 

EVANGELIST HONOR ROLL 
Church Pastor 

Akron, lud., (6th Yr.), C. C. Grisso 

Ashland, Ohio, (Sth Yr.), C. A. Bame 

AUentovvn, Pa. (7th Yr.), E. W. Eeed 

Beaver City, Nebr. (7th Yr.), A. E. Whitted 

Berne, lud. (6th Yr.), John M. Parr 

Buckeye City, Ohio (6th Yr.), .. Alvin Byers 
Center Chapel, lud. (3rd Yr.), W. F. Johnson 
College Corner, Ind. (2nd Yr.), C. A. Stewart 

Elkhart, lud. (7th Yr.), W. I. Duker 

Fairhaven, Ohio (Sth Yr.), Arthur Cashman 

Gratis, Ohio (3rd Yr.), O. C. Starn 

Gretna, Ohio (Sth Yr.), L. R. Bradfield 

Hagerstown, Md. (6th Yr.), . G. C. Carpenter 

Howe, Ind (3rd Yr.), (Vacant) 

Huntington, Ind (4th Yr.), ... H. E. Eppley 

Hudson, Iowa (6th Yr.), L. A.' Mj'ers 

Johnstown, Pa. (3rd Ch., Sth Yr.), (Vacant) 
Lake Odessa, Mich. (2nd Yr.), E. A. Duker 

Lathrop, Calif. (2nd Yr.), (Vacant) 

Long Beach, Calif (Sth Yr.), .L. S. Bauman 
Martinsburg, Pa. (6th Yr.), . . . Jas. S. Cook 

Mexico, Ind. (6th Yr.), J. W. Clark 

Morrill, Kans. (7th Yr.), A. E. Staley 

Mt. Pleasant, Pa. (1st Yr.), .W. A. Crofford 
Nappanee, Ind (Sth Yr.), .. S. M. Whetstone 

New Paris, Ind. (6th Yr.), B. H. Flora 

N. Liberty, Ind. (6th Yr.), ... A. T. Wirick 
Oakville, Ind. (Sth Yr.), Sylvester Lowman 

I'eru, Indiana, (Sth Yr.), G. L. Maus 

Phila, Pa. (1st Ch. 6th Yr.), E. Paul Miller 
Pleasant Grove, Iowa (3rd Yr.), M. B. Spacht 

Eaystown, Pa. (2nd Yr.), (V,acant) 

Roann, Indiana (7th Yr.), (Vacant) 

Sidney, Ind. (1st Yr.), E. I. Humberd 

Smithville, Ohio (Sth Yr.), M. L. Sands 

;St. James, Maryland (3rd Yr.), .L. V. King 

Sterling, Ohio ('6th Yr.), M. L. Bauds 

Summit Mills, Pa. (1st Yr.), H. L. Goughnour 

Tiosa, Ind. (7th Yr.), J. W. Brower 

Twelve Mile, Ind. (2nd Yr.), J. W. Clark 

Waterloo, Iowa (Sth Yr.), Edwin Boardman 
Waynesboro, Pa. (2nd Yr.), J. P. Horlacher 
Washington, C. H., O. (Sth Yr.), Christiansen 

Yellow Creek, Pa. (2nd Yr.), (Vacant) 

Mulvane, Kans. (1st Yr.), Homer Anderson 
Washington, D. C. (1st Yr.), Homer A. Kent 
Williamsburg, Iowa (2nd Yr.), M. B. S'pacht 

It has been some months since the Honor 
Roll has been published on this page, but it 
is not because there have not been any re- 
newals from the churches, but because there 
have not been any new churches to add to 
the Eoll until just recently. And now v.e 
are glad to be able to announce the additiou 
of three new churches to the Honor Eoll. 

These churches are Williamsburg, Iowa, 
with M. B. Spacht as pastor; Mulvane, Kan- 
sas, Homer Anderson, Pastor, and Washing- 
ton, D. C, with Homer A. Kent, pastor. 

We surely appreciate the achievements of 
these churches. It may not be altogether 
correct to say the Williamsburg, Iowa, church 
is an entirely new church on the Honor Eoll, 
for this church was on some years ago but 
had lost out. However it has come back 
once more and we rejoice with them over 
their return. 

Mulvane, Kansas, is one of the smaller 
churches in the brotherhood and the winning 



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FEBRUARY 17, 1926 



of this honor in this congregation is due to 
their new pastor. But Brother Anderson has 
brought so many of his different charges into 
this distinguished company hat it has almost 
become a habit with him. We wish that more 
of our pastors might acquire this habit. 

The third church wo give special mention 
this week is the First Brethren church of 
Washington, D. C. Our young brother, Ho- 
mer Kent, is pastor of this church, which we 
believe is his lirst regular pastorate. He has 
certainly made a splendid start as a faithful 
pastor in leading his congregation into this 
adva,nced step. While the Washington church 
had a subscription list that compared favor- 
ably with most of the ehurche.s that are not 
on the Honor Boll, yet this latest accom- 
plishment increased its subscription list near- 
ly 300 per cent, and there are a good many. 
other churches left in the brotherhood that 
might do the sam-o great thing. 

We offer special congratulations to these 
three churches. 

While there are but three new churches 
added to our Honor Roll at the time of this 
report we are glad to report that there have 
been renewals from sixteen other Honor Roll 
churches, bringing the total number to nini - 
teen since our last report. 

The renewals to report are, Ashland, Ohij, 
Sth year, Charles A. Bame, pastor; Berne, In- 
diana, 6th year, John M. Parr, pastor; Buck- 
eye City, Ohio, fith year, Alvin Byers, pas- 
tor; College Corner, Indiana, ".rd yr;ir, ('. A, 
Stewart, pastor; Elkhart, Indiana, 7tli year. 
W. I. Duker, pastor; Fairhaven, Ohio, Sth 
year, Arthur Ca.shman, pastor; Hagerstown, 
Maryland, (ith year, O. C. Carpi'nter, pastor; 
.Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Third chunli. -Itli 
year, vacant; Lake Odes.sa, Michigan, -ml 
year. K. A. Duker, pastor; Long Beach, Cali- 
fornia, .Sth year, L. S. Bauman, pastor; Mar- 
tinsburg, Penn.sylvania, (ith year, James S. 
Cook, pastor; Xappanee, Indiana, Sth year, 
8. M. Whetstone, pastor; Oakville, Indiana. 
Sth year, (Sylvester Lowman, pastor; Ster- 
ling, Ohio, fith year, M. L. Sands, pastor; 
Twelve Mile, Indiana, 2nd year, .1. W. Clark, 
pastor, and Waterloo, Iowa, .Sth year, Edwin 
Boardman, pastor. 

Altogether this makes a most creditable 
list, and if you will examine the Honor Roll 
carefully you will observe that \v.' now haw 
seven cluirchcs on the Holl lor thi' eighth 
year. This shiniicl be sull'icient e\idence to 
convince any other church in the entire 
brotherhood that this is the best method for 
handling the matter of the church paper. The 
agent of one of these churches writes almost 
every year, "We can't find any better meth- 
od and so we are unwilling to abandon the 
method that has given such satisfaction for 
so long a time." Try it, brethren, it will do 
you good. 

Several of these churches are deserving of 
.special mention because of the commendable 
increase in the names on their lists. 

These ..are I^ong Bciich, Nappaneo and 
Hagerstown. Xappanee has added to her list 
until now this church ranks second in the 
entire brotherhood in the matter of subscrip- 
tions. 

Brother Carpenter wants to know how 
some of the churches stand in regard to the 

f 



number, so we have taken the pains to look 
up their ranking and we find that the First 
Brethren church of Johnstown ranks first; 
Nappaneo, Indiana, second; Long Beach, Cal- 
ifornia, third; Waterloo, Iowa, fourth and 
Hagerstown, Maryland, fifth. But as there 
is a difference of only two or three names be- 
tween Waterloo and Hagerstown, and as 
Brother Carpenter keeps adding a name or 
two to his list every few days, he may yet 
outstrip Waterloo in the number. 

Publication Day Ofif|erin.g 
We have received a number of splendid of- 
ferings for Publication Day, but as most of 
the churches have not yet sent in their offer- 
ings, and as we have already exceeded the 
space allotted ns for this week, we must 
bring our "corner" to a close for this time. 
R. R. TEETER, Business Manager. 



mer secretary, for several years. Don 't fol- 
low habit and make a mistake. 

H. F. E. O'NEILL, President, 
National Board of Benevolences. 



DEAN MILLER'S ADDRESSES 

(Any oxie wishing to write Dean Miller on 
his trip to Palestine and Egypt will be 
guided by the following addre.is at the times 
indicated.) 

John Allen Miller. All times. 

In time to reach New York by and from 

February 19-26 and March l.O-l!). 

John Allen Miller 

Temple Tour Near East Party 

P. O. Box 1219 

Via Cherbourg. Cairo, Egypt. 

Mail to reach New York by and I'runi . 

Feb. 27 to March 12 

.Tohn Allen Miller 

'Temjjle Tour Near East Party 

P. O. Box 74. Jrru.salem, Palestine 

Via Cherbourg. 

Mail to reach New Y'ork liy and from 
March 20 to April i."; 

.Tohn Allen Miller 
Care of Temple Tours 
9 Place de la iladeleine, Paris, Fr;ince. 

Near East Tour D. 

ilail to reach New York liy and from 

April 24-27 

John Allen .Miller 

Care of Temple Tours, Dorland House 

14 Lower Regent Street 

London, S. W. 1, England 

Near East Tour D. 

MONEY FOE FOREIGN MISSIONS 

.\-ll money received fur Foreign Missions 
after March 1st, 192.5, will be credited as 
part of the Easter Offering. Churches there- 
fore may take their Easter Offering, if they 
see fit, any time during the month of March. 
We are giving this notice inasmuch as some 
churches in the brotherhood will not have 
regular services on Easter Sunday and may 
prefer to take their offerings before that 
time. L. S. BAUMAN, 

Treasurer. 

YOUR BENEVOLENCE OFFERING 
Senil your Benevolence Offering to Mr. J. 
J. Wolfe, Care Peabody School Furniture 
Company, North Manchester, Indiana.. Mr. 
Wolfe is the secretary of the Board of Benev/ 
oleuccs, Y'ou have lieen in the habit of send- 
ing money to Mr. Herman Koscoe, our for- 



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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

Official Or£an of the Brethren Church 

Published weekly by the Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio, at $2.00 per year in advance. 



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IN THIS NUMBER 

Giving Comfort and Aid to the Enemy — Editor, 2 

An Offensive Movie Trick — Editor, 2 

Trend of Youth in Regard to War — Editor, 1' 

Editorial Review, ;i 

Who is Jesus ! — .Samuel Kiehl, 4 

ISonie Brethren Leaders (II) — Dr. Martin iShively, 'i 

Our iSuperanuu;ited Ministers — Ur. W. H. Beueliler 5 

The Church (loci Builds — Dr. L. S. Bauiiuui li 

He Is Here— Harold D. Fry, 7 ' 

Our Worship Program — Editor, S 

Loyalty to Christ — Mauri ne Hosteller, !) 

Editor 's 8'eleet Notes, 10 

Preparation for Church Membership, lu 

Essay Contest and College Night — E. M. .Riddle II 

Junior Endeavor — Virginia Haun, 11 

Last Will and Testament — Alice B. Longaker, 12 

News from the Field, l:!-!.") 

Announcements, Ki 

Tract Corner — R. F. Porte, . Ki 



EDITORIAL 



Givinji Comfort and Aid to the Enemy 

These are critical days for prohibition; not that the outcome of 
the battle is in question, but because it is the time when every effort 
ought to be put forth to clinch the victory. In such a time the giv- 
ing of comfort and aid to the enemy on the part of pronunent relig- 
ious leaders is very hard to understand. One is made to feel like 
asking them how much they get out of it, or whether they are begin- 
ning to find it too difficult and dangerous to get their drinks. If 
such retorts should be unfair, it is certainly right and just to take 
them at their words and place them in line with the w-et interests, 
whose cause they are abetting. 

Recently the secretary of the Church Temperance Society of the 
Episcopal church. Rev. Dr. Empringham, gained much first-page pub- 
licity by declaring prohibition enforcement a failure and placing his 
Hociety on record as favoring a legalizing of wine and beer. The wet 
press snatched up this bit of news and spread it broadcast over the 
country. It has developed since that Dr. Empringham 's survey was 
a farce, that he grossly misrepresented the Church Temperance So- 
i-iety. and that his pronouncement was little more than a personal 
opinion, but the report, false as it was, served the wet interests for 
propaganda purposes as well as the truth could have done. For be- 
fore the responsible leadership of that church could get into print 
with their repudiations of the story, the Episcopal church was wrong- 
ly represented in practically every daily paper in the land as opposed 
to prohibition. This added strength and courage to the brewers and 
liquor organizations, and increased the confusion and chaos regarding 
the success of thi! dry law. Notwithstanding the pessimism induced 
in many quarters by wet propaganda, the situation is really not dis- 
couraging when viewed as a whole. Wayne B. Wheeler, attorney for 
the Anti-Saloon League, .'says, "The statement is especially ill-timed 
now because government documents recently issued testify to pro- 
hibition's observance, enforcement and good results. ... Business 
authorities such as Hoover, Gary, Ford, Scott, Babson, etc., declare 
prohibition an essential clement in our prosperity. An unobserved, 
unenforced law would not achieve this." Such a "salutary law,'- 
as the President recently described it, deserves the support of every 
churchman, and his Christian profession surely demands it. 

Then comes a really prominent Lutheran, Dr. George W. Sandt, 



editor of "The Lutheran", and upoo the occasion of his being chosen 
president ad interim of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania and Adja- 
cent States, expressed himself regarding prohibiten in a manner that 
very likely misrepresents the rank and file of that great church. He 
said prohibition was "a mistake at the time when the law was 
passed ' ', that it was ' ' too drastic and brought us something worse 
than the saloon, namely, the bootlegger", and that he hoped that 
"Congress would see some way to modify it." Prominent Lutheran 
ministers have been quick to deny that Dr. Sandt 's position was 
representative of the Lutheran church and to declare it "most unfor- 
tunate that a man in his position should make such a statement at 
this time." "The Christian forces of America," says the "Reformed 
Church Messenger", "have a real fight on their hands, and it cer- 
tainly adds not a little to the difficulties of the situation when lead- 
ers of the Protestant forces sound the note of retreat." 



An Offensive Movie Trick 

Cl'hc following editorial was written some weeks ago, but was 
erowilcd out of the editorial columns for lack of space. It is still 
timely, however, as the movie industry is repeatedly guilty of com- 
mitting sacrilege against the most holy ideals and imagery of our re- 
ligion.) 

The commercialized movie has added yet another blot in its 
questionable reputation. In addition to its vicious scenes and sug- 
gestions and its lowering moral influence, it further brings itself 
under the just condemnation of all godly people by linking up the 
Scriptures with some of its seductive creations and attempting to 
cover its sensuous actors with a suggestion of decency by means 
of sacred imagery. The "Reformed Church Messenger" not long 
since took the moving picture producers to task for defiling holy 
ground by using Bible stories "to give a semblance of respectability 
to dramas of sex and seduction" and made special reference to a 
show criticised severely by a certain dramatic critic, Mr. Qninn ilar- 
tin. 

The editor pointed out that ' ' That particular show is now ex- 
hibiting its wares in Philadelphia, and the so-called 'star' of the play 
is lauded by lo&al dramatic critics as 'the most seductive and fas- 
cinating of screen vampires.' The management has had the effrontery 
to run a big advertisement with the picture of the star, and a head- 
ing which makes reference to the opinions of three leading news- 
paper men as follows: 'Visit of the Three Wise Men.' The 'ad' quotes 
in large letters the words from Matthew 2:10 — 'W^hen they saw the 
star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.' The lack of delicacy 
and good taste manifested in this association of the Star of Beth- 
lehem, that led the Wise Men to the birthplace of the Christ, with 
praise of the performance of a sensuous siren of the films must be 
manifest to everybody except those in the moving picture business. 
There seems to be no^ restraint of decorum and decency which are 
not violated with impunity in the interests of the box office, and 
the saddest part of it is that such coarse 'and offensive tactics, verg- 
ing on ribaldry and blasphemy, are not more generally resented by 
Christian people." 

This complaint of the indifference of Christian people toward 
such impudent shamelessness is justified. We have grown accustomed 
to expecting most anything from the selfish, conscienceless movie in- 
dustry, and we seldom make much fuss about it. But such an atti- 
tude is not to our credit, nor the moral welfare of our communities. 
The forces of evil desire nothing better than just that indifferent, do- 
nothing attitude on the part of Christian leadership toward their 
vicious business. When churches and Christian people hold their 
peace in the face of such publicly practiced and blasphemous elTron- 
tery, the Christian conscience is sorely in need of being stirred to 
a more lively sense of its responsibility. 



Trend of Youth in Regard to War 

The conference of college and seminary students of the country 
held at Evanston, Illinois during the holidays has attracted wide 
attention and was quite generally reported in the daily press, as well 
as commented upon by many religious and secular journals. This 
assemblage has been justly criticized for its immature judgment, its 
short-sightedness, its unguided enthusiasm and its spirit of revolt to- 
ward the church. It was unduly sensitive toward the counsel of 



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adults, and tliis was perhaps its greatest source of weakness, for these 
young people might have acted with greater wisdom toward the prob- 
lems they attacked, if their pronounced lack of information had been 
supplemented by the knowledge of men o? world vision who have 
proven themselves to be worthy counsellors of youth, neither jiaternal, 
nor autocratic, but sympathetic and fraternal. 

Nevertheless the* reported attitude of these youth toward war is 
fiiudameutally sound, and is deserving of special notice in that it 
indicates the trend of youthful sentiment quite generally, among the 
conservative as well as the radical. The militaristic spirit is not 
finding fertile soil in the minds of the young men and women of our 
land, except in the military itself and in those institutions and schools 
which promote military training and foster military ideals. There 
are some youthful militarists among civilians, to be sure, but they are 
not making much noise and seem difficult to locate. But on every 
hand the young life of our country, especially the more thoughtful 
and serious, are demanding that we shall outlaw war, and shall plan 
peaceful means of settling international disputes. The Evanston 
statement is as follows: 

"1. We believe the church should excommunicate war, dissolve 
itself from the war system, and refuse henceforth to allow the use of 
the church as a medium of preparation for, or persecution of war. 

"2. Because we favor a positive education for peace, and be- 
cause we believe that the present military training program of the 
War Department in high schools and colleges gives war an ultimate 
sanction, perpetuates the war system, delays disarmament, intimidates 
students and faculty, and inhibits free discussion, we suggest: 

"(a) Abolition of military training in church and denomina- 
tional schools. 

' ' (b) Abolition of military training in high schools. 

"(c) Abolition of military training in colleges and universities, 
including the immediate aboliton of the compulsory features in land 
grant institutions. 

"3. The church should guard and guarantee the right of an in- 
dividual to follow the guidance of his own conscience when that cou- 
science advises against participation in war. 

"4. Because war is a negation of the value of human personal- 
ity we condemn any attempt to impose universal conscription of man- 
hood on the United States, such as the proposed legislation before 
Congress." 

A vote taken to determine the personal attitude of the students 
toward their possible participation in any war, resulted as follows: 

Those who would refuse to support any war IS] 

Those who feel their duty might lie in taking up arms 65 

Those who have not been able to reach any decision as to what to 

do in case of war, 215 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 



Read about the "Printed Preacher" in the Tract Proiuotiuu Cor- 
ner. 

Miss Alice Longaker gives the conclusion of her last week 's 
article in this issue — that is, if you have any money to give away, 
try the annuity plan. 

Brother J. A. Baker makes an appeal in behalf of the Uttle group 
of Brethren at Eau Claire, Wisconsin, who are anxious for the estab- 
lishment of a Brethren work at that place, and he challenges some 
Brethren minister to undertake the job. 

If you are not interested in the training of young people for 
church membership, you should read the March EDUCATOR, and if 
you are interested, you will not miss it. It offers you some splendid 
suggestions, a few excerpts from which you will find in this paper. 

Brother E. M. Riddle, superintendent of the Stewardship De- 
partment of Christian Endeavor, reminds young people again of the 
Essay Contest and Ashland College Night. Every wide-awake society 
should get in on these plans. 

If your church has not made proper preparations to make sure 
of doing its full share on that Benevolent Offering, we suggest that 
you repent of your indifferent attitude and face a bounden duty 
squarely and conscientiously. See the "Announcement" department 
for correct addresses to which offerings should be sent. 

The work at Hudson, Iowa, notwithstanding its handicap by 
being a small town church near a city, is nevertheless maintaining a 
commendable interest under the persevering leadership of Brother L. 
A. Myers. The various departments continue to function in a healthy 



manner, and the pastor is laying special emphasis on religious edu- 
cation through his vacation Bible schools, plans for the fifth of which 
are now being laid. A union evangelistic campaign resulted in one 
confession, which means an addition to the Brethren church. 

Brother Dyoll Bel,ote, pastor of the Second Brethren church of 
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, informs us that an evangelistic campaign 
is in progress in his church, having begun February 21, with Brother 
C ■ H. Ashman as evangelist. He requests prayer in behalf of this 
campaign and for the success of the work in this difficult field. 

We are in receipt of the "Eleventh Annual Statement" of the 
church at Berlin, Pennsylvania, where Brother W. C. Benshoff is pas- 
tor and where a new church is about ready for dedication. We note 
that this congregation made a cash payment during 1925 on their 
"New Building Project" of $11,336.30 besides taking care of the 
regular running expenses of the church. That speaks well for the 
stewardship exercised by this historic congregation. 

A Correction — We were wrong in putting the date of the Dayton 
Convention in 18S2 as we did in last week's Evangelist. The Ash- 
land Convention was held in 1882, on June 29 and 30, and the next 
year, June 6-7, 1883, the historic Dayton Convention was held, when 
there was a union of the "Progressive," "Leedy" and "Congrcgs.- 
tioual " Brethren under the simple Bible term. Brethren, and the 
"Declaration of Principles" was adopted. 

"iSummer Schools of Missions" for 1926 are announced for two 
well known religious centers, Winona Lake, Indiana, June 19-26 and 
I^ake Geneva, Wisconsin, June 28 to July 5. These schools are under 
the auspices of The Interdenominational Committees of the Central 
West for Missions. The object set forth is ' ' Training for Service ' ', 
and both the home and foreign fields will receive consideration under 
the following themes: "Rural Church of America" and "The Mos- 
lem World ' '. The announcement will be of special interest to the 
ladies of the W. M. S'. 

We are glad to present the likeness of the new Second Brethren 
Church of Long Beach, California, on the front page and to have a 
report concerning its dedication in our news department. The young 
congregation that is to occupy this new sanctuary is the child of the 
First Church of that city, and needless to say it has strong backing 
and has the assurance of being well nurtured. Dr. L. S. Bauman, 
pastor of the First church, preached the dedicatory sermon, excerpts 
of which are published in this issue. He and his congregation are to 
be congratulated on the fruition of this splendid piece of missionary 
endeavor. 

Brother George H. Jones, pastor of the church at Conemaugh, 
Pennsylvania, writes concerning the evangelistic campaign, recently 
conducted by Brother B. T. Burnworth, who reported last week from 
the evangelist's viewpoint. The fourteen additions have become fif- 
teen, which result the pastor says is "unusual" in view of the way 
this field has been kept gleaned, eighty-three members having been 
added during the past year. We are privileged to reprint from rc- 
ords the resignation of Brother Jones from the Conemaugh pastorate 
and the .Johnstown Tribune, which speaks of some of the many activ- 
ities in which he served his community, as well as the pastorates in 
which he has served the church of his choice. He is to take charge 
of the Muncie, Indiana, church, according to previous announcement 
through these columns on May first. 

It is a most interesting report we have this week from the pen 
of Dr. A. D. Gnagey, pastor of the church at Altoona, Pennsylvania, 
and it reveals that the constructive program he has been pursuing 
since taking charge of that church a little over two years ago is be- 
ginning to bear excellent fruit. During a two weeks' evangelistic 
effort conducted by the pastor seventeen souls made the good confes- 
sion and the outlook was bright for still others. Very wisely Brother 
Gnagey is ushering these young people into church membership with 
a course of systematic instruction in some Christian essentials. This 
is a matter that is all too widely neglected to the great detriment of 
the church and the permanent handicap of many an otherwise fruit- 
ful life. We are in receipt of several interesting printed programs 
of worship, prepared by Brother Gnagey for special occasions, par- 
ticularly Mother's Day and Bible Sunday. The Bible Sunday pro- 
gram was quite educational and was worth preserving by the mem- 
bership. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



"Who is Jesus? 

By Samuel Kiehl 



I mii>lit believe 



Years ago the writer had a lil)i'ary l)oa]v 
of over twelve hundred pages, whose title 
was, Who is Jesus? No one need read 
twelve hiindi'ed pages of any book to 
know who Jesus is. John 3 :16, using 
only twelve words, says, "God so loveid 
the world that he gave his only begotten 
Son." These words spoken by Jesus can- 
not 1k' contradicted. It is written. Many 
othei' signs truly did Jesus in the presence 
of his disciisles, \vhicli are not written in 
this book. (The gospel according to 
John), but these are written that ye 
ndght believe that Jesus is the Christ the 
Son of God John 20:30, 31. When Jesus 
came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, 
he asked his disciples, saying. Whom do 
men say that I the Son of God am? * * * 
Whom say ye that I am? Simon Peter 
answered, "Thou art the 'Christ, the Son 
of the living God. Jesus replied. Flesh 
and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, 
but my Father which is in heaven." An 
immediate revelation from God the Father 
to Peter that Jesus is the Son of God ae- 
coi-ding to the preceding scriptures. To 
a certain man who was blind from his 
birth to whom Jesus had given sight, he 
said, Do.st thou believe on the Son of 
God? He answei'ed, Who is the Lord that 
on him? Jesus said, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he 
(the Son of God) that talketh with thee (John 9:35-37.) To 
the Jews Jesus said, Say ye of him whom the Father hath 
sanctified, and sent into the world ; Thou Idasphemest lie- 
cause 1 said, I am the Son of God (John 10:36) ? Jesus' own 
statement that he did say, 1 am the Son of God. 

"It is written" should settle every doubt, and decide 
every controversy concerning Jesus. The following scrip- 
tures testify that Jesus is the Son of God. Mark 1 :1, The 
beginnii.g of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. 
Matthew 3:17, (at Jesus' baptism in the Jordan). A voice 
from heaven, saying. This is my beloved Sou, in whom I am 
well pleased. John 1:34, (after his bai^tism). I (John the 
Baptist) saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God. 
Matthew 17 :l-5. When Jesus, Peter, James, and John were 
on the Mount of TransfigTiration, a bright cloud overshad- 
owed them; and a voice out of the cloud said. This is my 
beloved Son; in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. Ro- 
mans 1 :3. 4, Jesus Christ our Lord * * * was declared to be 
the Son of God * * * by the resurrection from the dead. 
Acts 9:20, Straightway he (Paul) preached Christ in the 
synagogues, that he is the Son of God. Praise the Lord ! A 
faithful, primitive, gospel preacher who feared not to tell 
his auditors that Jesus is the Son of God. Such fearless ser- 
vants of God are (should be) everywhere in demand today. 
How the word was with God, and was God, is made as 
clear as the noon-day sun in Ilebi-ews 1 :8 reading thus. Unto 
the Son he saith, "Thy throne, God, is for ever and ever." 
In the preceding qiuitation God the Father is addressing 
the Son as God. Since the Son cannot be God the Father 
he must bo God the Son. Two distinct personalities; God 
the Father, and God the Son, .s\ipplying the words under- 
stood. John 1 :1 will read thus. In the beginning was the 
word, and' the word was with God (the Father) ; aiul the 
word was God (the Son). 

Whatever titles Calvin Coolidge may have had from the 




Elder Samuel Kiehl 
Eighty-nine years young 



time when he was a school-boy laitil he 
l)ecame President of the United States, he 
was (is) always the son of Col. John C. 
Coolidge. his father. Jesus, conceived of 
the Holy Ghost, and born of the Vii-gin 
Mary, having so many exalted titles 
tiTithfully given him in the Bible, is al- 
ways the Son of God his Father. And he 
that honoreth not the Son honoreth not 
the Father which hat sent him (John 5: 
23). Remembering that God sent (gave) 
his Son, not himself ; will remove all doubt 
concerning the respective personalities of 
God the Father, and, Jesus his only be- 
gotten Son. To illustrate : Mr. Smith has 
distinct personalities. Smith the father, 
and Smith the son. Neither is, or can be, 
a son. The father, and the son are two 
the other. The same is true of God thb 
Father, and, God the Son, according to 
the testimony of Jesus the Son of God, 
who savs. My Father is greater than I 
(John 14:28). 

Those who do sincerely believe, and 
truthfully confess that Jesus is the Son of 
({od, have special power, and gifts that 
natural men and women do not have (1 
Cor. 2:14). First John 5:5 says. Who is 
he that overcometh the world, but he that 
believeth that Jesus is the Son of God. First John 4:15 says, 
Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God 
dwelleth in him, and he in God. God in the believer for 
sei-vice; the believer in God for safety. Such is the exalted 
position, both for service and safety, of all who sincerely 
believe and confess that Jesus is the Son of God. Are we 
doing so? It is written. No man can say that Jesus is the 
Lord (the Son of God), but by the Holy Ghost ( 1 Cor. 12 :3 ; 
consequently those who have not the Holy Ghost dwelling in 
them, can make no such heart-felt confes.sion. Wliy do 
spirit-filled men, women, and children confess that Jesus is 
the Son of God Let us hear Jesus' words concernnig those 
persons. He says. Whosoever shall confess me before men 
(that I am the Son of God (John 1:49) ; him will I confess 
also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever 
shall deny me before men (saying, that I am not the Son of 
God, John 8:48), him \vill I also deny before my Father 
which is in heaven (Matt. 10:32, 33). 

Dear i-eader, if you have not yet decided what to do 
with Jesus, believe that he is the Son of God, and receive 
him as your Savior and Lord; for it is written. He that hath 
the Son hath life ; and he that hath not the Son of God hath 
not life (First John 5:12). To have, or not to have eternal 
life I'csts Avholly upon what you will do with Jesus the Son 
of God. The Lord give you grace to say, I will receive , 
him today. 

5(5 Watervliet Ave.. Dayton, Ohio. 



Life is saved from narrowing littleness when a mar 
sees God. Then duty becomes divine, however great itg 
drudgei*y, when viewed as a part of a divine whole. Whei 
a man sees God, he sees everything through God. every con 
mon thing is holy, and every bush is ablaze with fire whiel 
is never quenched. That is the secret of true life — an ex- 
panding consciousness and enlarging obligation. — J. Stuart 
Holden. 



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Some Brethren Church Leaders of Earlier Days, as I Knew Them 

II. Samuel Keihl 

> 

By Martin Shively, D.D. 



In a recent article which appea-res on these pages from 
the pen of Brother W. C. Teeter, we were told not only of 
the late activtiies of the congregation at Dayton, but we 
were also told a bit as to the numerical strength which the 
church thex-e has attained. The writer is perfectly conver- 
sant with at least one period of the history of the church 
there, for he became its pastor when it could scarcely muster 
a hundred souls, and when its entire budget, except that 
part which was shouldered by our district mission board, 
was not more than $500.00, and it was not an easy matter to 
provide for even that much of a load. I spent six full years 
there, and had the great pleasure of seeing the congregation 
grow to a group of 350 souls, entirely self supporting, and 
entirely out of debt. Too much could not be said iii praise 
of the leaders who have served since my day, for both Breth- 
ren Bame and Bell have made great contribution to the 
place which the congregation has reached, — that of being 
by far the largest congi,'egation in our fraternity. Under 
the leadership of Brother Bell, who has been on the field ten 
years, it has become a mighty force in the city, both for 
righteousness, and loyalty to the Brethren plea, — "The 
whole gospel for the whole world." Several persons are 
members of that great congregation now, who have been 
associated with it for more than forty years, even from its 
beginning, but among them, is one whose prayer and effort 
has ever been in its liehalf, and upon M-hom the rc.si^onsibil- 
ity of leadership rested, and that one is the man of God 
whose name appears at the head of this paper. Brother Kiehl 
was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, July 23, 1837, 
and is thus approaching the end of the 89th year of his life. 
At 18 years of age, ambitious beyond the rank and file of 
the men of his time, he matriculated in Mount Pleasant Col- 
lege of his native state, and after coming to Ohio a year 
later, he continued his studies at Otterbein University. While 
a student there, he gave his heart into the keeping of his 
Lord, to whom he has been faithful even until now. None 
can read the rather frequent articles which appear on these 
pages, written by him, and not be convinced of his unswerv- 
ing devotion to both God and his Word. He became a mem 
ber of the Timker church in Dayton, in 1868. and at the or- 
ganization of the First Brethren church in D'ayton, April 20, 
1882, he was chosen to the ministry, and to the pastorate of 
the infant congregation. For the first five yeai's of the his- 
tory of this great congregation, he served as its pastor, en 
tirely without remuneration. Beginning with a memliership 
of thirteen, the number grew to 64 under his leadership, as 
he gave such time as could be spared from his secular duties, 
for he served as city mail carrier at least a part of this 
time. He is one of the four sui'vivors of the ministei'ial 
group which made ecclesiastical histoi-y at the Dayton con- 
vention, September, 1883. His life has been an exceedingly 
active one, both religiously and otherwise. A small man. 



and spare of frame, quick in word and act, those who know 
him could never think of him as drowsing, especially when 
there is work to be done. A man of deep conviction, of in- 
tense loyalty to God and his church, always willing to spend 
and be spent for the advancement of the Kingdom, — that is 
Brother Iviehl. I became acquainted with him 33 years ago, 
when as pastor at Gratis, I spent a few days in his home, 
and when later I became his pastor, and continued in that 
relation for a period of six years, I had abundant opportu- 
nity to come very close to him, for in the midst of such dis- 
couragements as are common to a weak and struggling 
church in a great city, both by his presence at every service 
which he found it possible to attend, and more, by his ear 
nest prayers in behalf of both cause and pa.stor, as well as 
his ready and hopeful counsel, he was a source of strength 
to us all. I shall never forget one scene with which my mem- 
ory associates him. We had been struggling along with our 
finances, as may be too common even today, raising needed 
funds by main strength and aA\'kwardness, mostly the latter, 
until under one of the most impassioned appeals I had ever 
made, the church adopted the every member canvass and the 
weekly pay plan. I made that canvass myself, and on the 
first Sunday morning, following its operation, as the finan- 
cial officers sat at a table counting the offering, he came 
for\\'ard to ask what the amount was. When he was told 
that it totaled something more than $20.00, tears came to his 
eyes, and he said with prayerful reverence, "Thank God, 
the Dayton church is assured." And from that day to this 
it has been forging ahead. His utterance was prophetic. 

Th estory is told of a great revival which ewept over 
the Scandinavian peninsula, long years ago. Before it ended, 
tliousands had been brought into the Kingdom of the Lord. 
When inquiry liegan to be made as to the birth of the era ■ 
of blessing, and after seeking here and there, it was at last_ 
agreed, that it had grown from the quiet, persistent prayer 
of one unassuming man, who had for years been pleading 
for just such an outpouring. Thus too, now that the Dayton 
church has become so great an institution for good in th(! 
splendid city in which it is located, not forgetting the strong 
m.en who have led, both in pulpit and pew, I aut still of the 
opinion that this quiet, iniassuming servant of God, whose 
prayoi-s in its behalf have never failed to go up to the 
Throne of grace, has had more to do with it than we can 
know. The weight of years make it impos.sible for him to 
attend the services of God's house with any degree of reg- 
ularity, but we who know him, know too that he still prays, 
and his prayers find gracious answer. Under the tender 
ministry of his loving and faithful daughter, Mary, he ap- 
proaches the time when he shall rejoin the great company 
of dear ones who are on the other side, and as he waits, no 
fear mars the serenity of his soul. 

Ashland College, A.shland, Ohio. 



Looking Our Obligation to Our Superannuated Ministers 
and Their Wives Squarely in the Face 



By Wm. H. Beachler, D. D. 



I have been thinking considerably about the coming 
offering for our Superannuated Ministers and their wives. 
And somehow I have felt constrained to put in writing some 
of my thoughts. 

I shall devote my opening paragraph to the matter of 
my own personal views even if they may be of indifferent 
value. I am charging no one with malice aforethought, but 
I lament that this offering is taken after evei-y other gen- 
eral cause has made its appeal to the brotherhood. I main- 
tain that for purely sentimental reasons this obligation 



should be adequately taken care of before any other appeal 
is made. In fact it has been for a long time my sincere judg- 
ment that the present plan is not the best way of discharging 
one of the most sacred obligations resting upon us. I main- 
tain that in the absence among us of a fixed income from 
permanent endowment, such as has been and is being pro- 
vided by many of our larger denominations, we should at 
least place this matter on a basis free from the fluctuations, 
irregularities, and' uncertainties that often follow when we 
act on sentiment. My charge against the present plan is 



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that the results it yields are too uncertain, and as a rule in- 
adequate. Why not put a stop to this ? After this year, why 
not begin a crusade against agitation and education to the 
end that every congregation in the brotherhood — big or lit- 

Now about this proposed offering to be taken February 
28th. First I suggest that we ought to view it as a test, and 
a self-revealer. Is my professed love and' loyalty for my de- 
nomination superficial, or is it genuine? Is it merely a 
mushy sentiment or is it a fact? Am I content to give proof 
and assurance of this merely in noise, or in practical deeds 
and service? Well, it must go without saying that if we 
love our denomination we must love the men and women 
who gave their lives amid great sacrifice to make the church 
possible. When you hold uj) before you the envelope in 
which you will place your support to our aged ministers and 
their wives, just remember that what you put in, and the 
spirit in which you do it is a real test as to how deep and 
genuine your love is for the denomination. 

Not only so, but for the sake of the men responsible for 
dispensing these fund's, we ought to give them adequate sup- 
ply. And only as we do this will we enable those men to do 
their work punctually and free from embarrassment. 

And finally, we ought to cheerfully and gladly make 
tliis an adequate offering because the deeper feelings and 
finer sensibilities of some very devoted souls is involved. 
Do I need to hesitate to say that after many a man has given 
his life to the Christian ministry he awakes to the fact in 
his old age that the most he has here for it is his Christian 
tie, rich or poor, city, town, village or rural — shall place in 



their annual budget for current expenses and benevolences 
a provision for our SUPERA^STNUATED MINISTERS AND 
THEIR WIVES equal to 40 cents per member, and PAY- 
ABLE QUARTERLY. 

This can be done. Why don't we do it? AVhy not whine 
less, and complain less, and talk less, and actually set the 
wheels moving toward the realization of such a plan, or a 
better plan As long as we continue with the present plan, 
and as long as there is a lack of uniform and just support 
from all of our churches, there "\\'ill remain occasion among 
us to feel certain guilt, and shame, and reproach as we look 
squarely into the face of a sacred and binding obligation. I 
frankly give it as my conviction that the failure is not in 
our people but in our methods of handling this matter. 
These are my own personal views purely. Maybe I am 
wrong. At all events, the nice part about it is nobody needs 
to accept a single word I have said if they don't Avant to. So 
that's that. 

character and his finer sensibilities? This is also true of 
his wife. And when we discharge this obligation from year 
to year adequately, cheerfully, and wholeheartedly we are 
sparing sensitive hearts and natures from needless pain, and 
reflecting genviine credit on ourselves. 

Let us guard against hurtful indifference. Let us keep 
our hands clean and free of neglect. Let us make this offer 
ing big and adequate. Let us do it cheerfully. Let us look 
this obligation and privilege squarely in the face. Remem- 
ber the actual, minimum need — $4,000. 

South Bend, Indiana. 



The Church God Builds 



By Dr. L. 

"Except the Lord build the house," wrote the builder 
of earth's greatest temple ever erected on this earth to the 
living God, "they labor in vain that build it." That fact 
stands as true today as it did 3,000 years ago. The church 
is a divine institution, which Jesus Christ said he would 
build, and it must be built according to the divine pattern 
that he and his apostles gave us, or it is builded in vain. In 
the imperishable documents given to us by the apostles of 
Jesus Christ, we have the perfection of faith and polity for 
the structure of the church. The apostolic churches must 
.sen'e us as models to the end of the age, — ^not in the sins 
and imperfections of the human members thereof, but in the 
faith and politv set forth by the Holy Spirit of the living 
God. 

The church of the New Testament depended solely and 
directly upon the Holy Spirit for guidance, not only in the 
discernment of ti'uth from error, but even in the choice of 
pastors, elders, missionaries and all church officers. Such 
guidance is altogether possible for the church today. 

That church ever stood iiidependent of all worldly pat- 
I'cinagc. and ignored membei'S as an evidence of success be- 
fore God. The sin of David was the numbering of the peo- 
ple. As a matter of fact, the divine record of the apostolic 
churches gives us no clue whatever as to the largeness or the 
smallness of their membership. Nor is there the slightest 
evidence that they sought the fellowship of the world's in- 
tellectual, influential or wealthy personages. On the other 
hand, we are told that nine out of ten of her first converts 
were slaves! 

The apostolic church, in its worship, was simplicity it- 
self. Architecture, music, social life and entertainment, all 
were subordinated to worship and the biisiness of holy liv- 
ing. The life of the modern church has grown so complex 
that worship is often almost crowded out. A man was once 
asked at the door of a church: "Well, have you come to 
serve God once again?" He replied: "No, I have been sei-v- 
ing God all week. I have come here to worship him." The 
church is not built according to the divine pattern that does 
not subordinate cveiything else to the one task of bringing 
men and women, through worship, into intimate fellowship 



S. Bauman 

with God. You can depend upon a man truly serving his 
fellowmen A's'ho hold intimate fellowship with God. 

The apostolic church was builded and supported by the 
voluntary offerings of its members. Upon the first day of 
the week, each laid by in store as God had prospered him. 
Though the early church was made up of the poorest of the 
poor, from the standpoint of earthly goods, yet there is 
never a hint that a dollar that went into its treasuiy was 
tainted with the smell of pies, ice cream, chicken-broth or 
oysters. Today, with enormous wealth, the church is con- 
stantly gi'ieving the Holy Ghost with her Avorldly and oft- 
times vitterly questionable schemes for money-getting. 

The apostolic church was a unity of believers in the 
great fundamentals to salvation, — the inspiration of the 
Scripture, the incarnation of God in the flesh, the atonement 
on the cross, the absolute necessity of a new birth, and the 
resurrection of the body from the dead. Those doctrines 
wove fundamental to apostolic Christianitly, and designated 
those who believed them as "Christians." Those who i-e- 
ject those doctrines, even if right in their rejection, are not 
Christians in the true sense of the word. Any system of re- 
ligion that rejects those doctrines, whatever else may be 
said of it, is not Christianity. 

The apostolic church, without qualification, accepted 
"all Scripture * * * for doctrine, reproof, correction and in- 
struction in righteousness." They affirmed that "God hath 
spoken unto us by his Son." That ended the matter with 
them. AA^'hat the Son of God or his duly appointed messen- 
gers said on all subjects of fundamental doctrine, as well as 
on the subject of the oath, or war, or divorce, or dress, or 
even hair, — no matter what the world 's opinions or fashions 
might be, — it was taken seriously, and was regarded as ut- 
terly final with them. If we know the purpose of the 
Brethren church of today, it is that the people who take the 
Bible shall take the whole Bible and take it serioiisly, as the 
one infallible guide in matters of faith and human conduct. 

The apostolic church believed that prayer was a force 
and not a farce, and advanced on her knees. Prayer ever 
held a most important place in the worship and work of the 
early church that fought and conquered the cohorts of im- 

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THE BRETHREN PULPIT 



He is Here 

By Harold D. Fry 

TEXT»3: "For where two or three are met together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" 
(Matt. 18:20). "I will not leave you comjortless: I will come to you" (John 14:18). "There standeth 

one among you whom ye know not" (John 1:26). 



Even to the last day was the Savior promising his own 
that he would never leave them nor forsake them. His pres- 
ence was to go with them upon every highway, through 
every danger, and there would come no circumstance in 
their lives but what they could rely on his word of parting, 
"Lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age." 
Together with their Master they had not left the bounds of 
what we call now the Holy Land; yet the Lord Jesus was 
saying good-bye, as ho directed them to gather at Jerusalem, 
to go through Samaria, through the Roman Empire, unto the 
uttermost parts of the earth. They went from Jerusalem 
through Judca and Samaria, sent missionaries to Antioch; 
the latter citj^ sent Paul and Barnabas and Silas and others 
to Asia Minor and to Greece and finally to Rome. Rome car- 
ried the gospel to the British Isles and the churches there 
carried the divine woixl to us in America. Measured with 
the present extent and kingdom of the gospel, how little 
was the journey when Jesus said, I go with you ! But what 
greater or more loving God-send could our Lord have given 
them in the great task of saving the lost, than giving them 
the promise of the presence of God himself. Jesus Christ 
our Lord ! 

But it was before that instruction period of his disciple- 
ship when gathered about the table where hearts were 
drawn to him as never before ; and love went out in vain 
effort to imderstand his words, "This is my body which is 
given for you, this do in remembrance of me." Before the 
time when he returned to show them the things which pre- 
viously they could not bear — to hearts which as ours, only 
understood partially, he said, "Where two or three are met 
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them." 

I. In the Midst. . Precious promise ! In the midst ! I 
wonder if Peter yet felt as he did, when he said to his Lord, 
Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man? Or if John 
and James remembered when they, one to be the first mar- 
tyred apostle and the other the longest lived, when they had 
asked to have fire sent down on their social enemies, the 
Samaritans; and had asked for the two highest places in 
the kingdom for themselves? Yes, among sinners like you 
and me, the Man of Sorrows, had promised to convene. And 
Philip and the others little dreamed that he meant after 
death — ^they could not imagine him dying, much le.ss re- 
turning from the grave to meet with them. And so his 
words I fancy drew little attention at that time. Just so 
the words of our text, this same precioiis promise, are fam- 
iliar to us, and we realize them not. We must learn their 
lessons; then perhaps we wall know that Jesus Christ him- 
self — is preesnt and is regarding our worship today. 

Probably a year before this instruction was given, or 
maybe longer, the disciples were found one night on Lake 
Galilee alone and in the midst of the sea. Rabbi Jesus had 
sent them from him after the feeding of the five thousand, 
that he into the mountain might go to pray. Before sunset 
the boat had left for the western shore, with the Master 
slowly ascending a convenient mound overlooking the sea. 
beloved Galilee. The setting sun far across the Mediterran- 
ean was attracted to that barren hill made beautiful by the 
presence of JesiTS, and there with a last loving look the sun 
rcognized the men bent in prayer, its Creator, and shone 
with golden, scarlet, and violet. With tears of joy that 
blended a dozen colors in the western sky, the light of the 
day turned its face to new duties, and sky and sea and twi- 
light gazed at the praying Savior, saw the greater glory of 



God in the face of Jesus Christ, and in all humility disap- 
peared. The night came on, the Master prayed; midnight 
found the I'ugged rocks satisfied with his presence ; God the 
Father was answering the Son and the Spirit strengthened 
his human soul and body, and dissolved the fearful prob- 
lems ahead. But the Lord knew his own : they should never 
pass from his care : and now they especially needed him. It 
was three o'clock in the morning, and far over the sea, the 
tired disciples were still rowing. A storm had come up, and 
since sunset they had made little progre,ss. They were toil- 
ing in rowing, weary, and discouraged, and fearful. Lo 
Jesus saw, he always does ; and Lo I am with you ! And he 
came to them walking on the water. Li the midst, in the 
midst again ; and the waves quieted before liis step ; the wind 
hasted away, and there was a great calm, Jesus was in the 
midst ! 

It is always so, where two or three are gathered to- 
gether ; that his peace comes, his joy remains, and his power 
dispels all grief and worry and satisfies every need. When 
he takes charge of you, the peace that passes all under- 
standing keeps your heart and mind in him; so that no 
strife or bitterness or clamor or evil speaking comes from 
your lips. Let him have his way in your midst. I say. Did 
the disciples realize his words now? Had they forgot Gal- 
ilee? and did they apply his presence spiritually? But have 
you? In his reappearances hoAv blessed was their fellow- 
ship as he was again and again in their -midst ! How he saw 
each need, though ever so small! And what cheer and faith 
did each disseminate when in their midst ! Yes, friends, it 
has l)een so and ever will be — Jesus thus, even when we 
shall look with John at the scene in heaven," (R. 5:6-10). I 
want you to remember that the promise here is true, which 
our Lord gives of meeting with us; and his care will be 
eternally that given in Revelations 7:17, "For the Lamb 
which is in the mid'st of the throne shall feed them, and shait 
lead them unto living fountains of waters; and God shall 
wipe away all teai's from their eyes." 

Now there are jjromises which refer to his coming again 
and ruling upon the earth, but this is not one. And many 
of his words were spoken anticipating the descent and in- 
d-Avelling of the Holy Spirit in the mortal temples of believ- 
ers, and they are jirecious too, and vitally important ; but 
this is a pledge of a special presence in the midst of wor- 
shipping and serving groups and companies. Though the 
number be only tv/o or three, I am there also, if met in my 
name. His presence is felt when we convene in his name 
and recognize his presence. A use-to-be church in East St. 
Louis, has an orchestra instead of a prayer meeting. They 
do not meet in his name. The purpose must be to his glory, 
and the means, praj'er, praise and the study of the Word. 

II. I Will Come. We no doubt, have read of person- 
ages like our Presidents or Queen Victoria, who, with true 
greatness, that of humility and plainness, have surprised 
their subjects by sudden visits and requests when they were 
unknown. The story is told of the former Queen of Eng- 
land, beloved of all her people, when one afternoon she stole 
out in the plainest garb, as she liked to do, to walk about 
in the oiitskirts of the city. A sudden storm came up and 
rain began to fall. Whereupon the Queen knocked at a very 
common house, and asked for the loan of an umbrella. The 
woman thinking of her new umbrella, and that this stranger 
did not look like a woman of those parts, brought out an old 
parasol much the worse for wear. The Queen thanked her 



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graciously and, promising to send it back, resumed lier 
wallf. The next day tlie royal coach drew up in front of 
the home, empty, but the footman returned the borrowed 
umbrella. The woman asked him, "Sir, who was the lady?" 
And the man replied, "Why -woman, that was your queen." 
What regret and what remorse she then had that her queen 
had lieen there, and not only had shelter been imoffered. but 
she had given her the pooi-est she had. So it is written that 
some have entertained angels unawares, and do yet. But 
bow much sorer would we be reproached if our Creator, 
Savior and Judge should visit us, and we .should not recog- 
nize him, noi- do him obeisance? 

Did he not say, "I will not leave you comfortless, I will 
come to you?" His first disciples needed eomfoi't, and some- 
times we do. Yet the word means more. The Greek word 
used is Orphanous. I will not leave you orphans. With 
what fatherly pity and motherly love did the Lord speak 
when he said, I will not leave you orphans! I will come to 
you. Yet he spake of the descent of the Third Person of the 
Godhead, the Holy Spirit, whom, said he, "I will send to 
you." This jiromise has been a mystery to all, and a doubt 
to altogether too many, that Christ should say, "I'' while 
referring to the Paraclete. But until one understands more 
of the teaching concerning the Holy Spirit, there are many 
things misunderstood, and until the Holy Spirit indwells 
through regeneration, he can not take of the things of Christ 
and show them unto us. Let me answer the unan.swerable 
by asking another. Our Lord once said, "No man hath as- 
•cended up into heaven Ijut he that came doAvn from heaven, 
even the Son of man which is in heaven." I know not how 
my Lord could speak, or rather how it was so that he said 
that he had come down from heaven, and yet Avas in heaven. 
Within the power, and the wisdom of Deity, and not in ours, 
■was it not only possible but true that the Son was yet in the 
Godhead exercising bis office in its relation to the creation 
and apart from his Avorks, and at the same time had taken 
upon him the form of our sinful liodics, had laid on his own 
pure soul our great guilt and was on earth going to the 
cross. To me it is easier for mortal mind to perceive how 
Christ could be the Spirit of Christ than to clarify the mys- 
tery of his contemporaneous dwelling in heaven and eaiih. 
The Holy Spirit is God, and Christ is God, and the Spirit is 
l)oth of the Son and of the Father ; therein Christ is present 
with lis today in this service as the One Avho passeth human 
i;nderstanding, and whose Ioa'c and sacrifice for lis likewise 
passes ouv powers of perception. And if any man have not 
the Spirit of Christ he is none of his. So with the promise 
of the descent of the Spirit and with his liaptism and filling 
of the disciples from that day to this, in such a way, Christ 
lives within ns by the Holy Spirit, and in evei\v gathering of 
devout Christians, Christ is present throi;gh the Spirit. His 
presence is everywhere, yet complete and in every place, 
wholly the Lord. And he is here Avith you today. 

Ill He is Here. A. J. Gordon had a dream that swung 
his OAvn life far into the realms of fruitfulness, and increased 
his own dcA'otion and the spiritual life of his congregation a 
hundred fold. Not that he Avas a believer in dreams, not 
that anyone should take much stock in the unnatural. 
nevrous-Avrought scenes of our sleep; but this one Avas so 
A-ividly and consistently put together and so illustrative of 
divine truth that his memory evei- brought it before bis oavu 
devotional life, and has blessed those Avho haA'C heard him 
tell it or, since his departure, have read it. Let me try to 
tell it as he did. He Avrites, "It Avas Saturday night Avhen 
Avearicd Avith the preparation of the Sabbath's Avork that I 
fell asleep and the dream came. I Avas in the pulpit before 
a full congregation, just ready to begin ray morning sermon, 
Avhen a stranger entered and passed slowly up the left aisle 
(if the chni'ch. looking first to the one .side and then to the 
other, as though silently asking with his ej'es that some one 
\\ould give him a seat. He had proceeded nearly half Avay 
up the aisle Avhen a gentleman stepped out and offered him 
a place in his pcAv, Avhieh Avas quietly accepted. Excepting 
the face and features of the stranger everything in the scene 
is distinctly remembered — the number of the pew, the Chris- 
tian man Avho offered its ho.spitality, the exact seat Avhieh 



was occupied. Only the countenance of the visitor could 
never be recalled. That his face wore a pecidiarly serious 
look, as of one Avho had knoAvn some great sorrow, is clear 
ly impressed on my mind. His bearing too Avas exceedingly 
humble, his dress poor and i^lain, and from the beginning to 
the end of the service he gave the most respectful attention 
to the preacher. Immediately as I began my message my at- 
tention became riveted on this hearer. If 1 Avould avert my 
(■yes from him for a moment they Avould instinctively return 
to him, so that he held my attention rather than I holding 
his. 

To myself I said constantly. "Who can that stranger 
be?" And then I mentally resolved to find out by going to 
him as soon as the service Avas ovei-. But after the benedic- 
tion had been given the congregation filled the aisles and be- 
fore I could reach him the visitor had left the house. The 
gentleman Avith whom he sat remained behind hoAvever; and 
approaching him Avith great eagerness, I said: "Can you tell 
me Avho sat in your pew this morning?" In the most matter- 
of-fact waj'' he replied: "Why do you not knoAV that man? 
It Avas Jesus of Nazareth." With a sense of the keenest 
disappointment, I asked him, "My dear sir, Avhy did you 
let him go Avithout introducing me to him?" With the same 
nonchalent air the gentleman replied: "Oh, do not be trou- 
bled, he has been here today, and no doubt Avill come again." 
Dr. Gordon goes on to tell his indescribable rvish of emotion 
as he realized the Lord's presence in his church; of how he 
felt about his sermon, and Avhether the Lord had approA^ed 



I 



©ur Motsbip Iprogram 

A Devotional Reading of Matthew's Gospel 

(Clip and put in your Bible for convenience.) 
MONDAY 

IRKEPEESSIBLE FAITH— ilatt. 1.^:21-28. 

Obstacles often prove a stimulus to faith and likewise 
test its genuineness. Our Lord sometimes delays, and 
even seems to obstruct the channel of our blessings that 
faith may flare forth in greater glorv and power. 
TtJESDAY 

THE NEED OF A PHYSICIIAN— Matt. lo:29-.31. 

The need is ever3'where, but so much the more where 
demonolatry and sorcery abound. How inclined we are 
to shun the scenes of greatest wretchedness and misery! 
"Kind hearts are here: yet would the tcndcrest one 
Have limits to its mercy, — 
God has none." 

■ — Adelaide Proctor, in J^egend of Provence. 
^^^EDNESDAY 

I HAATE COMPASSION— Matt. 15:.'52-.j!). 

That was one reason why his life kept always so fresh 
and clear and beautiful — it was filled with concern and 
helpfulness for others. Not a selfish, malarious bog was 
he, but an out-flowing, life-giving spring. 
THURSDAY 

LACK OF DISCERNMENT- Matt. Hi: 1-4. 

As were the Jewish leaders, so today there are many 
who are blind to God 's presence, to his provision in daily 
matters, to his manifested presence in their friends, to 
opportunities of service, and to the many "signs of the 
times" on every hand. 

FRIDAY 

SUPERFICIAL PIETY— Matt. l():.i-12. 

Jesus warns his disciples against- the vain egotism and 
superficial legalism of the Pharisees, and the worldliness 
and unprincipled opportunism of the Sadducees, all of 
whose hypocritical piety and sordid influence, though 
evil, is as pervasive as leaven. 

SATURDAY 

THE GREAT CONFESSION— Matt. l(i: 1.3-20. 

AVhom do you say Jesus is? It makes all the difference 
in the world how you look upon him. He must be the 
Son of God to you, if he is to be your Savior; that is the 
one essential life-giving belief and confe.ssion. 
SUNDAY 

THE PRINCIPLE OF SELF-RENUNCIATION— Matt. 
16:21-28. 

It is a strange principle; it contradicts the generally 
accepted ideas of the people of every age, but Jesus in- 
sisted that it was true, — that the way to save one's life 
is to lose it, and then he proved it by his own glorious 
example. 



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of this feature and that of the service, and of the building-. 

Children of God, you alone ean feel the prick of con- 
science and receive the full realization that your Savior is 
this moment wondrously near. Have your eyes been holden 
that you did not know him? You meet here on certain oc- 
casions, and IS it not true for each service when he comes in 
our midst, "Yet a little while I am with you, and then I go 
unto him that sent me." Let this thought lingei' in your 
mind, "He has been here today and no doubt will come 
again." We are builded together for a habitation in the 
Spirit, Jesus Christ himself being the chief coi'uer stone." 
He came here a short while ago, and as if saying, "I am 
among you as one that heareth," he took his seat with those 
whom he loves. Does he not know what is in man? Does 
he not know your needs'? Does he not know your heart, 
whether you are sincere, or whether you are vainly worship- 
ing idols? No doubt the Lord Jesus sees the one here today 
that all his life with his wife has worshijiped money, leav- 
ing stamdng- relatives and wronged neighbors to heap their 
vengeful blood upon him. How hardly shall they that have 
riches enter the kingdom of heaven? Another, perha^js a 
woman, is unsaved, little realizing his presence and being 
unspiritual, not understanding, perhaps scorning the sei'- 
mon. Does he say to you. unbelievei'. You have no part in 
me; you must be boi'n again? If there is strife among the 
flock, should he not lead them? So often we would ignore. 
Jesus, and go forward a day's journey, supposing him to be 
in the company. Women and men, be careful of your plans. 
Let Jesus lead, and he will reveal to you. 

He is here. Have I been so long time with you and yet 
hast thou not known me? Christian, surrender all to him. 
Friend out of Christ, accept him, for as many as received 
him to them gave he the power to become the sons of God 
And there standeth one among you whom ye know not! 
Make this your motto, "All through Christ; in the Holy 
Spirit; for the gloiy of God. All else is nothing." 

Ashland, Ohio. 



OUR DEVOTIONAL 



Loyalty to Christ 

By Maurine Hosteller 

OUR SCRIPTURE 

"Having therefore, bi-ethren, boldness, to enter into the 
holiest by the blood of Jesus Christ, by a new and living 
way, which hath consecrated for. us, through the veil, that 
is to say, his tlesh ; and having an high priest over the house 
of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance 
of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, 
and our bodies washed with pure water. 

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without 
wavering (for he is faithful that promised) and let us con- 
sider one another to provoke unto love, and to good works ; 
not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together as the 
manner of some is ; but exhorting one another ; and so much 
the more, as ye see the day approaching. 

For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the 
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice 
for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and 
fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries" Heb. 
10:19-27). 

OUR MEDITATION 

Faithful allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ is due to 
him as our friend and Savior. He is worthy of the greatest 
loyalty, for what he has done for us has infinite value. 

It is true that in order to be loyal, we must have a 
cause. To what cause are we Christians loyal? "For God 
so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that 
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever- 
lasting life" (John 3:16). Paul committed himself so thor- 



oughly to the cause of Jesus that he could say: "For I am 
not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ ; for it is the power of 
God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew 
first, and to the Greek" (Rom. 1:16). 

The cause of Jesus Christ was the only cause great 
enough to satisfy this man whose interests were more than 
those centered around his own nation and race. It extended 
to the one universal cause of all mankind. 

Faithfulness to him necessitates loyalty to the highest 
interests of his Kingdom. We as Christians should be deep- 
ly concerned regarding the extent of the coming Kingdom, 
being loyal to every cause that will enlarge the number of 
his people. AVhen we know of a need of this sort we should 
fulfil it, whether it be supporting a local or a foreign need. 

Faithfulness to him necessitates loyalty to the highest 
interests of all the citizens of that Kingdom as well as being 
loyal to the highest of one's ownself. Can we be loyal to a 
person with whom we do not share a common cause? In the 
terror of the dreaded Roman guards, the disciples fied from 
the garden and left Jesus alone to his captors. They were 
traitors to Jesus and his cause. But after it seemed as if 
death had taken Jesus from them forever, they clung to- 
gether for his cause. Out of their apparent disloyalty came 
a devotion that made it possible for them to face jjersecu- 
tion and even death, — loyal to the cause. This is illustrated 
in the lives of Peter and John when they were arrested and 
brought before the Sanhedrin. Too, we ought to be loyal to 
our Master despite the seeming persecutions.' 

Real and enduring loyalty is impossible without a com- 
plete surrender to that cause, without deep confidence in its 
leader, and without the joyous comradeship of other follow- 
ers. 

Every cause is judged, not by what its followers claim 
for it but to the extent to which its ideals are represented 
in their lives. The test in any religion is to be found, not in 
its great books, but in the "letter of recommendation" writ- 
ten in the lives of those who claim to follow its teachings. 
(In other words the unwritten Gospel). Some people have 
thought that Hinduism contains more beautiful ideals than 
Christianity. The immoral lives of the priests, the hopeless- 
ness on the faces of men and women striving to win the 
favor of their gods; gives evidence of how far the ideals oi 
Hinduism have failed to find expression in the lives of the 
people of India. Let our lives be so lived that we may in 
no way misrepresent the ideals for which Christianity stand. 

Loyalty to him ought to be recognized as a primary 
principle and duty of our lives. The appeals coming to us 
day by day to be more loyal to our President in the midst 
of the great world struggle now going on ought to impress 
our minds, deeply as Christians in regard to the importance 
of loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ in the great world strug- 
gle now going on between the Kingdonr of Christ and the 
Kingdom of Satan. 

OUR PRAYER 

Let us pray: We pray thee, our heavenly Father to help 
us to be more loyal to our cause as Christians. We rejoice 
in thy Son who gave himself a ransom for us: that by believ- 
ing on his name might not perish but have everlasting life. 
Teach us to leave our paths of unfaithfi^lness, and turn to 
thee with all our hearts. Bless us all we pray thee, and 
bring us all into thy kingdom as loyal followers. Amen. 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania. 



The Church God Builds 

(Continued from page 6) 

perial Caesar. A Christian on his knees sees farther any 
day than a philosopher on top of a university steeple, or a 
scientist perched on top of his beriy bushes! 

God help us that this church we dedicate today shall 
ever and always stand on the i^latform of the New Testa- 
ment Church, and thereby prove to be the greatest possible 
blessing to men passing through this life, and a true guide 
unto those who would enter into life eternal. 

Long Beach, California. 



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Editor's Select Notes on the Sunday School Lesson 

{Lesson for March 7) 



Jesus Washes His Disciples Feet 

Scripture Lesson — John 13:1-17. 

Devotional Eeading — Psalm 138:1-6. 

Golden Text — The Son of man came not to 
be mini.^tcrcd unto, but to minister, and to 
give his life a ransom for many. — Matthew 



■1. AVhy not obey this plain commandment 
of Jesus? Can you give one good reason? 

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20:25. 

"FEET WASHING A CHXTKOH ORDI- 
NANCE" 

By Dr. J. L. GiUin 

If I then, your Lord and Master, have 
washed your feet; ye also ought to wash otne 
another's feet. John 13:14. 

I. The Brithren Church Believes That Feet 
Washing is a Church Ordinance 

1. Because, Christ himself washed the feet 
of his disciples. John 13:4-11. He is our ex- 
ample. 1 Peter 2:21. 

2. Because, since the disciples did not un- 
derstand, at the time, the purpose of it as 
performed b}- Christ, it was not done by him 
merely to cleanse the feet. John 13:7, 12, 13. 

3. Because, Jesus argued that, "If I then, 
your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; 
ye also ought to wash one another's feet." 
Verse 14. 

4. Because, ho argued that, "The servant 
is not greater than his Lord: neither he that 
is sent greater than ho that .sent him." Verse 
10. 

5. Because, Jesus said, "For I have gi\en 
you an example, that ye should do as I have 
done to you." Vicrse 15. 

(i. Because, Jesus said, "If ye know these 
thing.s happy are yc if ye do thcra." Verse 
17. 

7. Because, .Je.sus said in the Great Com- 
mission to his disciples, "Teaching them to 
observe all things whatsoever I have com- 
manded you." Matthew 28:19. Did ho not 
command them to wash feetl 

8. Because, Paul makes the wasliing of tlie 
saint.s' feet a condition necessary for a widow 
to fulfill before she should be received into 
the number of the widows who were .supported 
by the church. 1 Timothy 5:10. If it had not 

■ been a church ordinance, why should he have 
limited the condition to the washing of the 
feet of the saints? 

9. Because, the Lord attached a penalty in 
Peter's case, if he refused to have his feet 
washed. John 13:8. If we refuse to obey Jesus 
in this matter can wo expect to escape our 
Lord's censure? 

10. Becau.se, Jesus likened those who heard 
his sayings and obeyed them to wise men, and 
those who heard thorn and did not heed them 
to foolish men. Matthew 7:24 29. 

11. Because, we have the evidence of 



church history that it was practiced in the 
early church. A distorted vestige of it re- 
mains today in the practice of the Pope of 
Rome washing the feet on Maunday Thursday 
of tweh c old beggars of Rome. 

12. Because, Christian people today need 
the lessons which this ordinance teaches, as 
much as did the disciples of Christ's time: (1) 
Humility. (2) Loving service of our fellow 
men. (3) I\-equent cleansing spiritually. 

II. Objections To Feet Washing as a Church 
Ordinance. 

1. "It is an ancient custom which has no 
application to the conditions of our time, 
when men do not wear sandals." 

Reply. (1) This was commanded only to 
the disciples, while the ancient custom would 
have been enjoined upon all the people, irre- 
spective of whether they were Christians or 
not. (2) Peter did not understand its signifi- 
cance, as he would have done, had it been the 
ancient custom with which he was familiar. 
(3) Christ could not have said that they did 
not understand what he was doing, had it 
been an ancient custom merely. John 13:7. 

2. "No one washed feet there except the 
Twelve, therefore it was not intended to be 
kept perpetually." 

Reply. 'The same objection applies to the 
Supper and the Communion. 

3. "The Apostles do not command it after 
the day of Pentecost." 

Reply. (1) Neither do they command the 
Lord's Supper and Communion, and many 
other things that we should do. (2') Paul 
speaks of it as a church rite in his day. 1 
Timothy 5:10. He assumed that it existed 
without anv discussion. 



4. 

vato 
rite." 

Reply. So was the Communion. If you 
throw away the Feet Washing, why observe 
ill' Communion? Ko other rite was com- 
manded so plainly, and with so many 
lions of command as was the rite of 
Washing. 



"It was performed by Chri.«t in a jiri- 
house, and therefore was not a church 



varia- 
Feet 



1. 



Ill, Some Pertinent Questions 
Jesus .said, "Not every one that 



saith 



unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the king- 
dom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of 
my Father which is in heaven." Are you try- 
ing to do the will of God as expressed in the 
plain words of .Tesus in John 13? 

2. What answer will you make to your 
Lord, for not obeying him whom you have 
promised to love and obey? 

3. What right have you to refuse to obey 
part of his commandments? 



Preparation for Church Mem- 
bership 

"The Brethren Educator" for March con- 
tains the following timely editorial: 

The stress of Church school evangelism 
should be accompanied with an equal empha- 
sis upon training for church membership. 
Too often there is a tendency to be content 
with merely a decision to live the Christian 
life. The person having made the decision is 
rather hurriedly received into church mem- 
bership, and little is done to build him up in 
the faith and loj'alty which he had professed. 
This improper neglect of the newly won fol- 
lowers of Christ may account for the early 
falling away from the church. 

Most pastors have recognized this mistake. 
Many of them have apologized for their neg- 
lect, on the ground that they have not had 
access to material for a study class. To help 
pastors meet this problem, the National Sun- 
day (School Association prepared a little study 
text entitled, "Studies in the Way of Life." 
The booklet consists of twelve lessons, the 
topics of which are given below. Half of 
these may be followed prior to church mem- 
bership, and the other half afterwards, or 
the entire book may be profitably studied by 
non-church members. 

Table of Contents: 1. The Word of God My 
Teacher, G. C. Carpenter. 2. God My Heav-. 
only Father, J. Allen Miller. 3. Jesus the 
Master of IVry Life, J. Allen Miller. 4. The 
Holy S'pirit My Guide and Comforter, J. Allen 
Miller. 5. The Church My Fellowship, Geo. 
S. Baer. 6. My Response of Obedience — 
Faith, Repentance, Baptism, G. W. Rench. 7. 
My Response of Obedience — Feet-Washing, 
The Lord's Supper, Communion, W. S. Bell. 
8. My Response of Obedience, Anointing, 
Non-Resistance, Non-conformity, Charles A. 
Bame. 9. My Cocstant Renewal — Christian 
Worship, J. A. Garber. 10. My Constant 
Obligation — Stewardship, Self, Service, Sub- 
stance, H. H. Wolford. 11. My Constant 
Walk— Christian Living, M. A. Witter. 12. 
The Christian's Goal— Eternal Life. J. Allen 
Miller. 

Two Pastors Commend the 
"Studies" 

(Excerpts from "The Brethren Educator") 
C. E. Koontz says: 

At the conclusion of our last year's pre- 
Easter campaign, I pointed out the merits of 
this little book to my congregation. Then I 
suggested, especially to those who had just 
united with the church, that if there were a 
sufficient number that wished to take up such 
a study, I would be glad to conduct such a 

(Continued on pagre 11) 



FEBRUARY 17, 1926 



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J. A. GAKBER, President 

Ashland, Ohio 

B. D. BABKABD, Associate 

Mansfield, Ohio 



Our Young People at Work 

(Young People's Topics in The Angelas by Thobum C. Lyon.) 



GI.ADYS M. SPICE 

General Secretary 

2301 13th St., N. E., 

Canton, Ohio 



Essay Contest and College Night 

The Endeavorers of the Brethren church 
will refer to the Young People's page under 
date of January 27th and see there a most 
interesting challenge to many of our young 
folks. It is to be hoped that none shall take 
suggestion lightly. It has seemed to the offi- 
cials of our Endeavor work to be a very fit- 
ting way to impress and complete the pro- 
gram for Educational Day, which occurs 
June 6th. 

A special committee should be appointed in 
every society to canvass the church for those 
who are eligible to enter the Essay contest 
in connection with Ashland College Night. 
This same committee can easily arrange every 
detail for the program, using the subjects 
suggested, for the College Night service in 
each society. 

This service will present the best oppor- 
tunity of the whole year to make an appeal 
for Life Work decisions. The president or 
the pastor or both should present the thought 
of life investment for service. Be sure to 
instruct the secretary to mail the names of 
Life Work recruits to the undersigned. 

Yours for C. E., 
E. M. KIDDLE, Stewardship Superintendent, 

Bryan, Ohio. 



JUNIOR ENDEAVOR 

By Virginia Haun 



( Topic for March 7 ) 

How May We Help One Another? 
James 1:22 

I read a story the other day that I think 
you Juniors would like to hear, so I am going 
to tell it to you. 

Once there was a mother who had two lit- 
tle children. The older child was a boy and 
the other was a very little girl. Now, this 
little boy was a great help to his mother, for 
his little sister was blind and he took care 
of her. The mother as well as the boy al- 
ways felt very sorry for the little girl bo- 
cau.se she missed so many happy things that 
they could enjoj with their eyes. Because 
they were sorry for her, they loved her all 
the more and wore exceedingly kind to her. 
The baby girl loved and trusted her little 
brother as well as her mother, because she 
knew that he loved her. 

Whenever the mother had to go away, she 
left the little girl to her brother's care. One 
time she had to go away for several days to 
earn money for her children. While she was 
gone the little boy heard that there was 
someone passing through the village who 
could heal people of their sickness. Who do 
you think that person was? It was Jesus, of 
course. For, these children lived in that 
country far across the sea where Jesus lived 
and preached, long yeafa ago. Whep this lit- 



tle boy heard that Jesus was to pass through 
the town that day he hurried as fast as he 
could to the road where Jesus would go but 
he could not make much speed carrying his 
little sister, and when ho got there, Jesus had 
gone. He felt very sad and he hunted all 
about to find someone to take them to Jeru- 
salem, for he had heard that that was the 
place to which Jesus was going. But, ho 
could find no one. 

That evening, just as it was growing dusk, 
so that people would not see them and stop 
them, the boy set forth with his precious bur- 
den. The little girl was not afraid, but the 
boy knew that he had a long, hard journey 
before him. He walked very far that night 
before he rested and the ne.xt morning some 
kindly merchants took the two children on 
tlieir camels and helped them to go the rest 
of the way to Jerusalem. 

After he was in this big place he began 
inquiring to find out where Jesus was. Fi- 
nally he found him, but Jesus was in a great 
crowd. He was riding on a kind of donkey 
and the people were pressing close to him on 
every side. The little boy slipped through 
the throng and when he had gotten as close 
as he could he called to Jesus, and held his 
little sister up for the Master to see. Jesus 
heard the boy and looked upon the little girl 
and blessed her. Then there was great hap- 
piness in the heart of the boy and the little 
girl for she received her sight, so that she, 
too, from that time on could enjoy the 
things that happened and have a good time 
with her brother. 

In this story we have several examples of 
helpfulness. First, the boy was helpful to his 
mother in taking care of his little sister, and 
helpful to his sister in taking her to Jesus. 
Then we have the great helpfulness of Jesus 
when he healed the child of her blindness. We 
arc' to think together on this subject of help- 
fulness. This lesson is one that we can easily 
apply to ourselves, is it not? We have 
i-haBces all the time to be helpful, if we 
watch for them. Do you ever watch for a 
chance to help your mother? Sometimes we 
can take eare of our little brother or sister, 
as this boy did. Maybe they arc not blind, 
and we are very thankful that they arc not, 
but they need to be looked after anyway. 
Sometimes we can be helpful by just keeping 
quiet and not disturbing our fathers and 
mothers when we know that they are not feel- 
ing good, or are worried about something. 

I know another splendid way of being help- 
ful. Do you know anyone who is sick? If 
you do know someone, there are lots of things 
you can do. Maybe you can go to see them, 
or you can write them a nice letter, or card, 
or you can send them a magazine, or toy, 
or flowers. That last would depend on the 
age of the person and the things that you 
could get. 

Do you know what the Bible says about 
doing things for others? The references for 
this week tell about some different ways of 
being helpful and then that last one, the one 



in James, gives us a message that sums up 
all the rest. It says that wo should not only 
listen to the things about Jesus and the words 
in the Bible, but that we should carry them 
out. We must not only think about the ways 
in which Jesus helped those around him, but 
we must find ways in which we can do things 
like .Jesus did. The last part of the verso 
about deluding ourselves means that wo will 
deceive ourselves if , we think we are Chris- 
tians when we read the Bible and think about 
Jesus, unless we try to do things like Jesus 
did. We shall try to remember to be help- 
ful, shall we not? Ashland, Ohio. 



Two Pastors Commendation 

(Continued from page 10) 
class for them. The receiving of folks into 
the church is just the beginning of a much 
larger task. 

After getting a response froju this group I 
opened the suggestion to the general audi- 
ence. And further suggested that if there 
were those present that would like to have 
the book, even though they cuuld not attend 
the regular meetings of the clas.s, I would be 
pleased to include their names for a book. As 
a result of this canvass, four dozen books 
were ordered; about three dozen were taken 
as soon as received. The remaining dozen I 
have found valuable as a tract to leave in 
homes where the Brethren position is not 
clearly understood. Though not exhaustive, 
it is at least thought provoking and will often 
lead or pave the way for further instruction. 

The class met once a week. The average 
attendance was about 18. The lesson was 
discussed informally and opportunity was 
given for the asking of questions. The inter- 
est continued and at the end of the course 
several asked for MORE. Doubtless I shall 
be voicing the sentiment of others when I say 
to those responsible for this little book, give 
us "Studies in the Way of Life," No. 2. 

George E. Cone says: 

It is my impression that wo have in the 
studies in "The Way of Life" one of the 
greatest helps to our churches that has ever 
been put or.t, if we will use it wisely and 
thoroughly. Let us plan ahead and see that 
our class, if possible, has a number of pros- 
pects so that we may have visible results at 
the close of the class. This we did not do 
and in that far we failed to reach the desired 
goal of the course. 

We had a most delightful experience in the 
work and our own soul was fed and our faith 
strengthened. Not to say that we were edu- 
cated more deeply in the Word of God. there- 
by. We would recommend the work to any- 
one who will give the time, thought and 
prayer necessary to carry out a class. Might 
we be allowed to give the humble judgment 
that, if this course is faithfully and prayer- 
fully presented it will do more real good than 
many of the things we are now doing? We 
believe that to be the truth. 



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FEBRUARY 24, 1926 



iSend Foreign Mission Funds to 

LOUIS S. BAXTMAN, 

Financial Secretary Foreign Board 

1330 E. Third St., Long Beach, California. 



MISSIONS 



Send Home Missionary Funds to 

WILLIAM A. GEAEHAET, 

Home Missionary Secretary, 

1106 American Savings Bldg., Dayton, Ohio. 



The Last Will and Testament 



(Continued f 

Xow, this is our conclusion, after studying 
the delusion of so many of God's dear peo- 
ple, whose aims are higher than the church 
steeple! Experience is a hard but trustworthy 
teacher, and wills have this one every weak 
feature — broken they can and shall be 
through Time 'til Eternity, by those ivhoiii 
one could ne 'er foresee as so untrue and un- 
worthy the name of friend and relative! 

What then can a person do to be sure that 
his will goes through without fear of blun- 
der or of plunder, or of being torn rudely 
asunder.' The Annuity Plan is the only way 
by which one can truly say, "My money is 
well invested, and can never be molested!" 

By our plan of annuity, you have the very 
best of security, with a good rate of inter- 
est for sure as long as your life shall endure 
— after that, it can be truly said, ' ' He yet 
speaketh, though he be dead," for the money 



rom last week) 

invested as annuit}' will live on through all 
Eternity in the lives that have been touched 
and won for the Master — saved from woe 
and eternal disaster! 

So, if you have some money that is both- 
ering you (be it a hundred, or a thousand, 
or a million or two), and you want it put 
where 'twill be secure, and through Time and 
Eternity to endure — write for details to your 
Treasurer true — he will give the particvdars 
to you: 1330 East Third Street, Long Beach, 
is the address that will him reach. Or, if 
more desirable and convenient, write Dr. J. 
Allen Miller, your President; or Professor A. 
J. McClain, the Corresi^ondent ; at Ashland, 
Ohio, either may be addressed — write them, 
and set your mind at rest. Do it today, with- 
out delay — the Lord will repay! 

Yours in the Master's iServicc, 
THAT OFFICE S'ECEETAEY. 



He Couldn't Stop 



In a Southern city lives a man who had 
never given away any money in all of his 
life, that is, anything more than small 
change which he had in his pocket when the 
collection plate was passed. 

A representative of a Mission Board went 
to talk with him about larger possibilities of 
giving. He went in fear and trembling, for 
his pro.spective host was known amcng his 
friends as a man who would speak his mind 
on all occasions rather candidly and the mind 
that was in him at that time was not a giv- 
ing mind. 

To the amazement of the Board represen- 
tative the information which he gave con- 
cerning the need and the opportunity in the 
mission field was received with an interest 
which seemed to increase as he talked. When 
he presented the opportunity of taking the 
full support of a missionary, to his great 
amazement his host said that he would like 
to do that, and forthwith wrote his check to 
cover the entire amount necessary for the 
lirst year's work. That check was written 
ten years ago, and it has been follnweil every 
year by manj^ others. Recently this man. 
who is now recognized as a generous dunur, 
said, "That man got me starteil and 1 can't 
.stop." 

He has contributed literally to a splendid 
new church in a needy part of his own city, 
moved his own membership to it and is 
standing back of it in every way. Lately he 
has gone into the great business of giving 
mountain boys an education through church 
schools. Already he has invested more than 
$300,000 in the Lord's work, since the writ- 
ing of that first check ten years ago, and 
now he is laying all of his plans to invest 
about .$3,000,000 more in the Lord's work. 
He is trying to sell a sky-scraper and a bank 



which is housed in it that he may put the 
proceeds from the sale into building Chris- 
tian character. His own time and energy are 
being devoted to that Christ-like work. Un- 
der the process the man himself has grown 
toward the full stature of Christ. — The Mis- 
sionarv Eevicw of the World. 



Protestants of the Earth 

statistics presented to the Stockholm Con- 
ference on Christian Life and Work give the 
total Protestant population of the earth as 
10.5,100,000. :The PrDtestant population of 
the British empire is reckoned at 46,900,000, 
divided as follows: Anglican, 28,(i00,000; Free 
Churches, 800,000; Church of (Scotland, 2,700,- 
000; United Free Church of Scotland, l,.'i00.- 
000; Irish Presbyterian.?, 800,00); Can;(Mian 
Presbyterians, 1,400,000; Canadian Method- 
ists, 1,100,000; Canadian Baptists, 400,000; 
Canadian Lutherans, 200,000; Church of Aus- 
tralia, 1,()00,000; Church of South Africa, 
(500,000. In continental Europe the Protestant 
population is said to be: Germany, 40.300,- 
000; Switzerland, 2,200,000; Holland, 3.000,- 
000; France, 1,400,000; Denmark, 3,200,000; 
Xorway, 2,300,000; Sweden, .'5,700,000; Fin- 
land, 3,300,000 . Esthonia, 1,000,000; Latvia, 
1,500,000; Ru.ssia, 1,100,000; Lithuania 
200,000; Poland, 1,500,000; Czechoslovakia, 
2,100,000; Austria, 300,000; Hungary, 
3,000.000; Roumania. 1,300,000. The same fig- 
ures give the Protestant population of the 
I'nited States as 74,500,000. 

These figures are probably over-generous to 
the Protestants. They are based on an esti- 
mate of about one hundred and fifty per cent 
.sympathizers or adherents to Protestantism in 
addition to the actual members of Protestant 
churches. This would mean only about 75,- 
000,000 Protestant communicants or open con- 



fessors of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Sav- 
ior. They number about one in twenty of the 
earth's population. 



"Standing By" 

When a missionary started to Korea years 
ago an old college friend said, "Well, old 
friend, I won't forget you." 

Throughout the years he sent newsy, cheer- 
ing home letters out to his friend in Korea. 
He seemed to have a marvelous way of un- 
derstanding what his missionarj' friend 
needed most. Money, clothing, and other 
supplies followed the letters with an occa- 
sional shipment of candy for the missionary 
family. During the years that have passed 
since those days of beginnings this donor has 
grown in wealth and in giving also. Last 
year he gave to one church enterprise $75,000 
and this year he has added -$100,000 to his 
designated giving. One gift built a school 
in China, another a missionary home in Korea. 
In the meantime the dormitory of a moun- 
tain school has been erected and many other 
gifts made for designated purposes. 

His right hand has not known what his left 
hand was doing and scarcely any one knows 
him as a generous giver. He has never been 
impoverished by his large gifts and reminds 
one always of the man of whom it was .said: 

"A man there was, some called him mad, 
The more he gave the more he had." 

He began his giving with small sums very 
early in life before he had great possessions. 
Now he is a very wealthy man and his gifts 
run into hundreds of thousands. — Selected. 



Let Me 

Lord, let me bring a little grace 
To every dark and gloomy place; 
Let me rejoice that I can give 
Some splendor to the life I live, 
A little faith when I am tired, 
A little joy where I abide. 
A touch of friendship now and then 
To mark my comradeship with men. 

Lord, not for high renown I ask. 
Let me bring merit to my task, 
A fair companion I would be 
For all who share life's toil with me; 
When heavy burdens weigh me down, 
Grant me the courage not to frown. 
And howsoever my hopes shall end. 
Let me not cease to play the friend. 

Lord, let me carry where I go 

Some little joy to all I know, 

Let those into my life be wrought — 

A little faith, a little thought, 

A little mirth, a little grace 

To glorify the common place. 

Lord, let some little splendor shine, 

To mark this earthly course of mine. 

— Edgar A. Guest. 



FEBRUARY 24, 1926 



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NEWS FROM THE FIELD 



HXTDSO'N, IOWA 

Days, months, woeks go Viy before we re- 
alize that we are tardy in paying the Evan- 
gelist readers the debt of making our 'chureh 
report. We are now far into the fifth year 
of our ministry here and it hardly seems pos- 
sible that wo are more than six months lic- 
hind in our report. 

We have permitted pressing duties to 
crowd out time which should have been taken 
for other things considered less important. 
But now that last year is gone, as we briefly 
review our church activities have not been 
violent, neither have they been faint. The 
work in some respects supercedes that of 
other years. Financially, and from the stand- 
point of busines.s, the church last year was 
the best for many years. We have suffered 
very useful and strong members of our body, 
the loss, by death and other means, of some 
Yet the good work of the Finance Committee 
and the cooperation of each member through 
the fine spirit of interest and fellowship has 
made this success possible. Last year our 
expenses were more than $2,000 and yet this 
amount was provided by a contributing mem- 
bership of less than forty. It is true that 
this represents less than one-third of our> 
total number, but when we consider the num- 
ber of children, inactive members and iso- 
lated members, the burden of much of our 
work bears down heavy upon the shoulders of 
a few. Nevertheless we move on without 
complaint. 

The attendance of all our services has been 
up to average, and in some respects above 
that of former years. The annual Vacation 
Bible School was conducted last year by the 
writer which was well attended, and the work 
caried on by a loyal corps of teachers. We 
are already planning the fifth school at this 
place for the coming summer. IThe Woman 's 
Missionary Society is one of our mo.st impor- 
tant organizations in activity and service. 
These women participate in practically every 
interest of the church. Much credit is due 
their faithful persevering chairman, Mrs. W. 
J. Gutnecht. The Christian Endeavor Society 
has a membership of about thirty, very fine 
enthusiastic young people. We have the same 
problem with our young people here that 
churches have everywhere in the small coun- 
try town or the country church are having, 
that of holding and building for the future. 
Only a few of our young people locate here 
for life. The Sisterhood Girls continue their 
work with enjoyment and loyalty to the or- 
ganization. A very fine group of girls are en- 
gaging in this form of service and fellowship. 
This is the second year of the organization. 
The first part of the year our Sunday school 
was above that of former years in attendance 
and interest, but the latter part of the year 
the attendance was very much reduced by 
the unusual weather and bad roads, begin- 
ning so early in the fall. We are still suffer- 
ing from this handicap. But with the com- 
ing of spring we look forward to an excellent 
Sunday school year. 

The three churches here united in a three 
weeks' evangelistic campaign during which 



the fellowship and friend.ship of these three 
bodies was very highly appreciated by all 
who participate. There was one addition to 
our church, this being the only confession in 
these services. 

Our work here is very pleasant, although it 
is characterized by many problems, and tasks 
which are hard. Yet the people are loyal to 
the pastor and the church receives their full 
loyal support. 

Kemember the work at Hudson in prayer 
to our Heavenly Father. 

L. A. MYERS, Pastor. 



ALTOONA, PENNSYLVANIA 

It is now two years and pa.st since the 
writer took charge as pastor of the First 
Brethren church, Altoona, Poonsylvania. To 
most of the people I was not a stranger here, 
having held a two years' pastorate at this 
place about twenty years ago. Then the peo- 
ple worshipped in an old building, not really 
suitable for public worship, though the little 
flock seemed to be happy, and loyal I know 
they were. Since my coming here a very con- 
venient and up-to-date parsonage has been 
erected at a cost of above $7,000, and on the 
very spot where the old church building 
stood. Since 1911 the people have wor.shipped 
in a new church building, which, it was the 
privilege of the wsiter to dedicate at the 
time of its completion. 

While a very respectable number of the 
former loyal people still remains, the churcn 
has suffered the loss of two of its leaders. 
Elder W. A. Harmon, well known to the 
brotherhood during the earlier years of the 
Brethren organization, and L. Z. Eeplogle 
who made himself apparently indi.spensable 
to the little group of wor.shipers at this place. 
They have, however, adjusted themselves to 
the loss sustained, and departure of these 
men has brought other talent into requisi- 
tion. 

My first work here was the revision of the 
church roster. The secretary handed me a 
little book containing a list of the member- 
ship, by actual count 302. At the end of the 
first year the number was cut down to 150 
and six months later the figures had dwindled 
to 100. During the last decade this church 
has had five special evangelistic meetings, 
aggregating additions to the number of about 
200. Of these probably twenty-five can be 
"counted on" After careful and painstak- 
ing search it was decided by the official 
board, at the end of the first year, that the 
basis of membership should be 100. During 
the year following this adjustment of the 
church roster the names of six people were 
added by baptism and letter. The outlook, as 
is readily seen, was not encouraging, and 
has not been until recently. It was a case of 
the "ninety and nine" gone astray and the 
one safely in the fold. But for the faithful, 
loyal few, the conditions would have been 
hopeless. But with their splendid coopera- 
tion things have taken a turn for the better. 
Until the close of the year 192.5 but .six 
people were added to that number. January 



31, of this year the pastor began a two 
weeks' evangelistic effort closing February 
14. At the evening service, February 7 there 
were three confessions and Thursday even- 
ing of the same week five more. On Sunday 
morning, February 14, the last day of the 
meeting, eight more, joined the ranks, and 
since then another, and by next Sunday (Feb- 
ruary 21) we have reasons to believe the 
number will have reached twenty, all of 
them young people ranging from ten to fif- 
teen years. From now on until Easter these 
young people will be under the care and in- 
struction of the pastor who will give them a 
series of lessons on what the Christian life 
really means, how to become a Christian and 
how to renmiu one. The lessons will include 
such topics as these: Who and what is God, 
why should we worship him and how worship 
helps us; who Jesus really was, what he taught 
us about God; Jesus and salvation, from 
what and to what we need to be saved; God's 
means of grace; the meaning of baptism, 
prayer, etc. 

During the little more than two years of 
my pastorate I have had twelve funerals, all 
but three within the church; seven weddings, 
two of which were church weddings with 
ring ceremonies, and, strange to say, the 
groom in one of which was a Roman Catholic 
who sang in our choir for a while. 

To meet the finances of the church we have 
adopted the budget system in which not only 
the interests of the local church but also all 
the interests of the church at large share. The 
appropriations for out.side interests during 
the first year have not been as large as we 
hope to make them, owing to heavy expense 
in the home church. Early last summer it 
was decided that during the vacation season 
the church building should be redecorated 
both inside and outside. The Golden Rule 
Class (the name of the young women's class) 
assumed the responsibility for the inside dec- 
orations. The work was neatly done and the 
church building presents a pleasing appear- 
ance. New hymnals for the regular church 
services were purchased; also new books for 
the Sunday school. The contributions for 
the year, including all interests, local and 
outside activities will average between thirty 
and forty dollars per member. 

All the special da.ys of the church have 
been appropriately observed, Ea.ster, Christ- 
mas, Children's Day, Mothers' Day, etc. One 
of the best and most interesting of all spe- 
cial days during the year 1925 was Bible 
Day, in recognition of the four hundredth 
anniversarj' of the Tyndale translation of 
the Hoh' Bible. It should be said also that 
the Sisterhood Girls have a very flourishing 
organization here under the care of Sister 
Gerhart as Patroness. The Golden Rule 
Class of the Sunday school is a very active 
organization which believes in doing more 
than simply study the Bible once a week. A 
successful Woman 's Missionary iSociety is 
maintained. 

From the pastor's point of view the out- 
look at this time is more hopeful than at any 



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other time since Ms coming here. The work 
thus far, has been very largely, one of re- 
construction, but we have now entered upon 
what the pastor interprets as active construc- 
tive work. It is a great work, this work of 
building the Kingdom. It is our purpose, 
with the cooperation of the membership, and 
under the blessing and guidance of our (iod 
and his Christ, to do our bit in the building 
of the Kingdom which it is prophesied shall 
some day swallow up all other kingdoms, — 
the kingdoms of this world shall become the 
Kingdom of our God and his Christ. I note 
with keen interest the growth of the several 
institutions of the church and the cxpiinsion 
of her varied interests. 

A. D. GNAGEY. 



Lord hath done great things for us, whereof 
we are glad. » * * • The Lord will do great 
things!" A TASTER (Psa. 34:8). 



LONG BEACH, CALirORNIA 

On Sunday afternoon, February 7th, 1926, 
wc dedicated to the Lord our youngest 
"child", naming her The S'econd Brethren 
Church of Long Beach (you will see her pic- 
ture on the front cover page). Of the Breth- 
ren churches of Southern California, she is 
No. 7 (which, as you know, is the perfect 
number of Scripture), she is just seven miles 
from the mother church at Fifth and Cherry, 
Long Beach, and she cost us somewhat over 
$7,000 in the building! So you see, altogether 
she is a perfect and proper child, and we are 
expecting great tilings of her! 

The total valuation of the property (in- 
cluding the two lots, the building and its 
furnishings) is approximately $10,000. One 
of the lots was given by Brother Harry A. 
Kirby, member of the First Brethren church 
of Long Beach, and he also donated upwards 
of $700.00 in the time and labor of himself 
and foreman. In addition to this, many 
others of our people gave days of labor along 
the lines in which they were skilled. All this, 
together with the money offerings of our 
church, enabled us to come to our Dedicatory 
Exercises with the property two-thirds paid 
for. The mother church will take care of 
this "child" until it is able to take care of 
itself. Judging from the results of the can- 
vass made from house to' house by our com- 
mittee, this time will not bo far distant, as 
our visitors were welcomed in many homes 
with interest and promises of attendance. 

The house was crowded at its dedication, 
and the Holy Spirit himself was there, iiling 
us with joy and blessing. Brother Kiminell, 
Brother Cobb, Brother Jennings and Brother 
Tay were all there, and our own beloved pas- 
tor. Dr. L. S. Bauman, preached the Dedica- 
tory Sermon. The Holy Spirit just kept 
pouring on the joy until we were all joy-full 
— "slopping over with joy", as some one has 
said is the true meaning of 1 John 1:4. At 
the close of the sermon. Dr. Bauman pre- 
sented a linani-ial statement of the cost of 
the building and gave those present the op- 
portunity o£ having a part in the invest- 
ment. The result was a subscription of 
$1318.fi7 (and, as our pastor said, there was 
not the smell of a chicken supper, oysters, or 
pies on a dollar of it!), bringing our total in- 
debtedness down to an even $2,000. 

Our pastor is to hold two weeks' evange- 
listic services at this new church, and wo 
ar^ looking forward to great things. "The 



EAtr CLAIEE, WISCONSIN 
On one occasion our Savior said: "How 
think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep. 
And one be gone astray, doth he not leave 
the ninety and nine and goeth into the 
mountains, and seeketh that which is gone 
astray? and if so be that he lind it. Verily 
I say unto you he rejoiceth more of thai 
sheep, than of the ninety and nine, which 
went not astray, even so it is not the will of 
your Father which is in heaven that one of 
these little ones should perish." Dear 
Brethren, will you listen to a few words from 
one that loves the Brethren church because 
of the keeping and obeying of the commands 
of Jesus? Unless some one in our blessed 
fraternity, a gospel preacher, will decide to 
do as our dear Brother G. T. Konk did for 
Des Moines, Iowa, I fear we will perish at 
Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

And if there is a man on the ministerial 
list of the Brethren church that thinks that 
he might accept the job of trying to build up 
a church in a beautiful city of about 25,000 
people and have the entire charge of the 
work and all the assistance I could bring to 
him, both personal and by appealing to our 
mission board for help in his work and for 
any information that might be wanted, you 
can have it by writing to Wm. 6. Goss, Sec- 
retary, 1714 Summit Street, Eau Claire, Wis- 
consin, or the writer, J. A. Baker, Mondovi, 
Wisconsin, E. R. Number 5, Box 113. 

(Brother Baker, who is seventy-five years 
of age, informs us that he has three daugh- 
ters and a son in Eau Claire, besides some 
grandchildren, and all are anxious for a 
Brethren church at that place. — Editor). 



CONEMAUGH, PENNSYLVANIA 

Following is a report of the Conemaugh 
meeting under the leadership of Brother 
B. T. Burnworth. 

The Conemaugh church entered into an ar- 
rangement by which five churches launched a 
revival campaign. For two weeks the meet- 
ing was carried on and a splendid interest 
was manifested. Excellent work was done of 
a preliminary character and then the Breth- 
ren entered into their meeting with the mo- 
mentum acquired through the union services. 
The union services however were continued 
another week with just four churches cooper- 
ating. They closed without an}' confessions. 



We continued for two weeks under Brother 
Burnworth 's splendid preaching which was 
given wide publicity through the local dailies 
and as a result we had (14) fourteen confes- 
sions. Since then I have had another appli- 
cant for baptism which would make 10. The 
result was unusual when we consider that 
within -the last year Conemaugh had baptized 
and received into membership 8il new mem- 
bers. Brother Burnworth did a splendid work 
and left many dear friends as a result of his 
labors. God is indeed using him. The con- 
gregation bids him a hearty Godspeed in his 
lield of labor. 

GEORGE H. JONES. 



REV. G. H. JONES TO GO TO MUNCIE, 
INDIANA CHURCH 
Leaves on May 1 
Rev. George H. Jones, for the past six 
years pastor of the Conemaugh Brethren 
church, announced his resignation to his con- 
gregation at the services yesterday morning. 
The church recently called Mr. Jones for an- 
other year of service. 

In resigning his charge Rev. Jones told his 
congregation that he had accepted a call to 
the Muneie, Indiana Brethren church, a call 
given some time ago but only recently finally 
accepted. 

Rev. Jones is a Johnstowner, and has 
served his church in this city on a number of 
occasions, spending two and a half years at 
the Morrellville church years ago, and re- 
turning in 1907 for another three-year per- 
iod. He went from the MorreUville church 
to Conemaugh. One of the long pastorates 
held by Rev. Jones was at Gratis, Ohio, 
where he spent eight years. 

During his pastorate in Conemaugh the 
church has been cleared of debt and over 200 
accessions to its membership have been made. 
He will leave Johnstown on May 1. 

Rev. Jones has been active in young peo- 
ple's work for many years and for the past 
12 years has been National Superintendent 
of Young People 's Work in the Brethren 
communion. Locally he has been a leader in 
the Boy Scout movement, in the Y. M. C. A., 
and the Sunday School Basketball League, 
serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the latter 
organization for many years, and has organ- 
ized the young folks of his own charge in 
splendid fashion. The Community Training 
School conducted by the Y. M. C. A. also 
owes much to Mr. Jones' work, he serving 
as one of the members of the faculty. — The 
Johnstown Tribune. 



A STORY FOR OUR LITTLE FOLKS 



The Copper- Kettle Fairy 

By Miriam Clark Potter 



There was once a fairy who lived in a 
Copper Kettle in a cook's kitchen. He led 
a verj' dangerous life, for every time the 
cook took down the Kettle to stew something 
in it he had to jump out quickly, in great 
danger of his head. The Kettle hung on a 
peg behind the stove; it was big nnd clean 



and shining, and being in it was like being 
in the inside of a golden drum 

The Fairy spent his time sliding down the 
sides of the Kettle, tapping on it very light- 
ly when the cook was out of the room, and 
polishing it so that he might make faces for 
himself to laugh at. From living in the Ket- 



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tie so long he had grown to be of a deep cop- 
per color, and the tip of his shiny nose shone 
like the dot of light on a yellow shoe-button. 

One rainy day, the cook came into the» 
kitchen in a great hurry, saying to herself: 
"Cream sauce! cream sauce for the cabbage! 
I forgot to make it, and they must have it 
at once, and they are waiting at the table. ' ■ 
She snatched the Kettle from the peg so 
quickly that the Fairy, who had been taking 
a little nap, as he felt that he could do safely 
at that hour of the day, did not have time 
to jump out. 

There he was, inside the Kettle, and the 
cook carried it swiftly over to the mixing- 
table and dropped a lump of butter and a 
great spoonful of flour right in upon him. It 
was like being caught in a snowstorm with 
a terrible yellow mud underfoot, and the poor 
Fairy did not have time even to sneeze or 
to cry out. Then came milk pouring like a 
burst of white rain; and the cook stamped 
over to the stove to put the Kettle on. 

"Oh! I shall be boiled alive!" thought the 
Fairy. But just then the woman, in her hur- 
ry and peevishness slipped and fell upon the 
floor. The Kettle flew out of her hand, and 
the lump of butter, w-ith the Fairy under it, 
slid under the table; and the milk spread in 
a little pond all round him. 

Quickly the Fairy freed himself from the 
butter, and climbed up the table leg. So 
when the cook had picked up the lump, 
wiped the milk away, and started a fresh 
sauce, scolding to herself all the time, the 
Fairy was sitting on a nail on the under-side 
of the table. 

"A narrow escape!" he thought. "I must 
look out for myself, and never sleep except 
at night, when there is no cooking. Now I 
shall keep a sharp lookout, and when she 
puts the Kettle hack I will get into it 
again." 

The sauce was prepared and served, the 
dishes were washed, and by the time the 
early afternoon sun came peeping into the 
kitchen the Fairy's house was hanging on 
its peg again. The cook left the room for 
the garden, to pluck some lettuce, and the 
wee sprite ran lightly across the floor to the 
Copper Kettle. 

But oh, what a state it was in! The cook, 
for whom the whole day had gone wrong be- 
cause she did not try to do her work well, 
had left burned milk and butter and flour 
sticking to the Kettle, all thick and messy. 
It looked bad and smelled bad, and the little 
Fairy began at once to work to make his 
house all clean again. 

The cat, on the hearth rug, lifted her 
head; she thought she heard a mouse. Then 
she realized it was just the Copper-Kettle 
Fairy, and, though she did not like him very 
well, she let him alone. 

. But the Fairy worked so hard and 
scratched so mightily that the Kettle fell 
suddenly to the floor with a great bang, just 
as the cook came into the kitchen. "Why, 
how did that happen?" she said, and ran to 
pick it up, and again the Fairy had not time 
to jump out. 

"I had better soak the thing," she told 
herself. "I left it in a hurry, because I did 
not feel like scrubbing it; the mistress may 
come into the kitchen and say that I do not 
do the dishes clean." She had been out in 



the garden, among the cool, lettuce and toma- 
to plants, all sweet and clean and fre.sh from 
the rain, and something dusty and disordered 
had been washed out of her mind while she 
was there. 

She went to the sink and turned the spigot 
just above the Fairy's head, so that ho was 
drenched with water and was floating round 
on top of it when she turned the spigot oft". 
It was a mercy that she did not see him, but 
she was looking the other way and wondering 
how the Kettle could have fallen from its 
peg. 

The clock and the cat were laughing at her, 
for they knew who had done it, but she did 
not see them. 

The poor Fairy splashed round in the water 
till at last he reached the rim of the Kettle 
and pulled himself out, all dripping. "A 
great day!" he thought. "This is my secona 
terrible adventure. What shall I do till the 
Kettle is dry and clean and hung up again?" 

On the lettuce that the cook had just 
brought in was a cricket, hiding under a leaf 
till he could find a way of escape. He spoke 
to the Fairy now, and said: "Why don't you 
go and live in the garden? It is much pleas- 
anter out there, even with the storms and 
the rain, for the people let us very much 
alone, and the nights, with the stars and the 
breezes, are sweet. There is plenty of good 
sunshine too, and you can make all the noise 
you want." 

"I don't want to make any noise," re- 
plied the Copper-Kettle Fairy. "I just want 
a chance to polish my Kettle, slide down the 
sides and make faces into it." 

"You're a silly thing!" laughed the 
cricket, as it jumped out of the lettuce and 
slid through a crack in the floor. 

"Perhaps," thought the Fairy. He got 
down from the sink and went and hid behind 
the leaky teapot on the shelf, where he al- 
ways stayed when the Kettle was in use. 

Some time, the cat and the clock both 
think, the fairy will really be caught and 
taken to the table in a dish of cream sauce, 
but the people will see him swimming and 
spluttering round there, fish him out with a 
spoon, and cry aloud that a real fairy has 
been discovered at last. But the Copper Ket- 
tle knows better than they do, that that will 
never happen, for it has found out, just from 
daily living with such a creature, what a 
clever, lucky, bewitching thing a Fairy is. — 
The Methodist Protestant. 



If men had no faith in one another, all of 
us would have to live within our incomes. — 
Marion Star. 

"Any one willing to work is welcome 
here," Canada announces. This seems to 
cover the field fairly well in selective immi- 
gration. — Detroit News. 

Nature is cruel. How many muskrats and 
minks and cats must die to make one seal- 
skin. — Burlington Hawk-Eye. 



IN THE SHADOW 



FETTERS — Theodore Fetters, son of John 
and Elizabeth Fetters, was born In Jefferson 
Township. Adam.=! County, Indiana, on the 
10th day of August, 1872. He departed this 



lift- at Ills liome in Jeffeison Townslnp on 
the 11th day of February, li)26, at the age of 
S3 years, 6 months, i day. He spent most 
of his lite in the townsliip where he was 
born. 

On April 13th, 1891 he was united in mar- 
riage to Miss Ida Tester of Adams County. 
Indiana, by the Kev. Louis Huber. To this 
union were born three children — Bessie, who 
died while quite young; Grace Butcher, of 
near Steubenville, Ohio; and Bryson C, of 
Chattanooga, Ohio. This union was broken 
by death in the year of 1913, July 11th. 

On August Sth, 1914 he was again united 
in marriage to Mrs. Edna Baker of Mercel' 
County. 

Brother Fetters was converted and became 
a member of the Evangelical church, then 
in the year of 1915 under the preacliing of 
Brother A. B. Thomas he was baptized and 
taken into the Brethren church of which he 
was a member at the time of his death. 

The writer visited Brother Fetters during 
liis sickness when he expressed his willing- 
ness to depart and be with his Lord, The 
comnumity has lost an excellent citizen, the 
wife a kind husband, the children a devoted 
father. 

God knows the way. He holds the key. 
He guides us with unerring hand; 

Sometimes with tearless eyes we'll see 
And surely, fully understand. 

Funeral by the writer, assisted by the 
Rev. McNight of the Methodist church. 

Text 2 Cor. 5:1. JOHN PARR. 

LONG — Beulali LaVonne Long was born 
Jlarch 25, 1918. She died December 3, 1925, 
aged 7 years, S months and 18 days. Beulah 
was the daugliter of Forrest and Hazel Long, 
who are faithful members of the Smitliville- 
Sterling Brethren church. She was only 
sick about a week, having contracted scarlet 
fever with complications whicli caused in- 
tense suffering until relieved by the Heaven- 
ly Father taking her home to himself. 

The bereaved parents have the heart-felt 
sympathy of a host of friends. Many letters 
of encouragement were received during the 
time of affliction and while under quaran- 
tine. May the parents realize that under- 
neath are the everlasting arms. 

Funeral services were conducted by their 
pastor and interment was made in Smithville 
cemetery. MORTON L. SANDS, Pastor. 

STI.^IMBL — Robert Stimmel was born near 
Paris. Ohio, July 31, 1863. and died at Can- 
ton, Ohio, February 3, 1926. Brother Stimmel 
was a member of tlie First Brethren church 
of Louisville. The day of his burial was 
just one month after the death of his wife. 
His death was caused by a stroke of pai'aly- 
sis. Grief and loneliness caused by his 
wife's death hastened his death. He suffered 
in all, six strokes of paralysis during nine 
.years, each succeeding one being harder 
than the last. Funeial sei'vices were con- 
ducted from the church by the pastor, R. F. 
Porte. 

MILLER — lAndrew J. was born in Tuscara- 
was County, Ohio, on January 13, 1849 and 
died at his liome in Rittman. Ohio on Febi'u- 
ary 4, 1926. His age was "77 years, and 21 
days. He was united in marriage with Miss 
Nancy Ellen Smucker on December 25, 1879. 
Five ciliildren were born to this union of 
whom four are living. He was the serond 
cliild of twelve children, eight of whom are 
yet living. He was reai-ed in the IMennonite 
faith and for many years served the Lord in 
that church. Many of the large relationship 
belong to that fraternity. In 1914 he trans- 
ferred his 'membership to the B'l^thren 
chui-ch at Rittinan and always was found 
faithful to his obligations to the cliurcli. He 
was a willing" worker and had a multitude of 
friends. He was kind, amiable and cheerful. 
I learned to admire him. Funeral services 
w^eie held in the Rittman church and there 
a congregation that taxed the church. Bi-oth- 
CT Arthur Cashman and Elder Gerig of the 
Mennonite church assisted in the services 
which the writer conducted. May God bless 
the family. J. ALLEN MILLER. 

WILT — Elder Samuel W. Wilt was born 
July 20. 1843, in Armstrong County, Pennsyl- 
vania, the son ot John C. and Maley Wilt. 
He was received into the church by confes- 
sion of faith and baptism in the year 1857, 
in which he continued as a faitliful member 
until his death. October 30. 1925, a period of 
almost seventy years. He was chosen a 
deacon in the year 1874 in the Cowenshan- 
nocli congregation, Armstrong County. Penn- 
sylvania, and June 5, 1875 was called to the 
sacTied ministry, ordained at Clifton Mills, 
West Virginia, by Elder Gans of Uniontown, 
Pennsylvania. His first charge was the 
Cowenshannock congregation, later he served 
several other congregations in Pennsylvania. 
Most of his ministerial labors, however, 
were in West Virginia and Ohio, in which 
states he served a number of congregations. 
.As an evangelist he did successful work in 
the states. He was the author of several 
tracts and booklets, "The Plan of Salvation." 
being one of them. He was a strong defend- 
er oif the faith as held by the Brethren an<'i 
engaged successfully in numerous controver- 
sies in defense of the doctrines of baptism 
and feet-washing, etc. 



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Elder Wilt retired troni active ministerial 
service about ten years a^o. and at tne time 
of Ills deatn his lite as minister extended 
over a half century. He and his brother, 
Kev. J. VV. Wilt of the Church of the Breth- 
ren were called to the Christian ministry on 
the same any of the same year. J_.ast yeai' 
the brothers celebrated the fiftieth anniver- 
sary of tneir call to the ministry. It was a 
i-are occasion, for truly, very few of us can 
recall a coincident so rare, ot two brothers 
called to tile mini.-itry on the same day ana 
continue to^^ethei- for a period of fifty >ears. 

iiiluer Wilt was twice niari-ied. ni.s fii'st 
wife liaviiig' died thii'ty >ears ago. He is sur- 
vived by his second wile, Mts. Knima Dell 
vviK, a faithful and devoted member of tne 
Brethren ciiurcli. Altoona, Pennsylvania; and 
two sons, Chester and I'aul, both at home. 

A. IJ. GNAGEY. 

tiirHRIIi", — John Guthrie, son of Joseph 
and Nancy Guthrie, was born in Pike town- 
siiip, Kno.\ County, Oliio, on July 8, 1S45, and 
departed from this life at his home in Ank- 
enyiown, fviio.x County, Ohio, on Wednesday 
evening, i''ebruary 3. Iii26. His age was (SO 
years, b months and 2G days. 

On February 1, 1!>73 he was united by mar- 
ria.^e to Rachel Cole. To this union Vi-ere 
born three daughters and one son. The 
mother of these children passed to the eter- 
nal world on August 2, 1S&2, also one daugh- 
ter, -Maude, has preceded the father in death, 
on c>eptember 2, 11113. 

On Aug'ust 5, 18^3 he was united by mar- 
riage to Anna Staley. To this union two 
daughters were born. For a period of over 
43 years this union has been marked by mu- 
tual happiness and unde-rstanding. During 
this time the childi'en grew to the age when 
they were ready to take their places in the 
woi'ld s great st-i'uggle. To ail of the chil- 
dren the place where father and mothei" 
were, was home. Father was always inter- 
ested in the welfare of all of his children 
and always ready to lielp us in any way that 
it was possible for him to do so. 

In the wintel'i of 1SS3 father and mother 
united with the Brethren chui'ch at Ankeny- 
town. Father was elected to the office of 
deacon which office he held until death. For 
a number of years he was church treasurer 
and only wlien the infii-mities of age made 
the woi'K too hard did he refuse to continue 
in ofl'ice. He was township clerk and clerk 
of the school board for a period of 43 >'ears. 
Year after year the people of Berlin town- 
ship showed their confidence in him by re- 
peatedly electing him to office. In all his 
Jour score years fatlier was very active 
among the people of his community. He 
loved the company of his friends, he never 
forg*.tt his greatest Friend, the Loi'd and 
Chi'ist who redeemed him from sin and gave 
him the promise of that eternal inheritance 
in light. The ministers of the church were 
always welcome at his home and prayei- was 
the daily order of hi.s long life. On Sunday, 
January 24, Elders Strasbaugh and Frye 
with a number of Christian friends gathered 
at the home, and aftei' singing hymns and 
prayer the elders anointed him with oil in 
the name of the Lord. In the weakened con- 
dition of his bod.v he feebly tried to join in 
the singing of the hymns but in full faitli 
and trust in God he received the blessed ser- 
vice of the church. I'eady for whatevei- was 
to come to him. On Wednesday inorning, 
Februai'y 3, the end seemed close and his 
suffering intense, which during all his sick- 
ness he bore with great patience. His spirit 
lingered in his body until the sombre shades 
of night had wrapped the earth in slumber, 
then peacefully and quietly he fell asleep in 
the arms of the Savior he loved so much. We 
shall miss him, because he was always jolly 
and made us all welcome in his- home, but 
We would not wish him back again from the 
glory world but only to look for the Blessed 
Coming- of our Christ in his Kingdom when 
we shall meet again never to part. 

He leaves on earth to mourn his decease, 
his wife, one son, James A. Guthrie, foul- 
daughters, .Mrs. K. D. MacMillin, Mrs. W. H. 
Leedy, Mrs. Harry Young, Mrs. R. P. Porte; 
together with these many friends who found 
in him a true and loyal friend. 

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. 
H. I). Frye, assisted by Rev. G. S. Stambaugli 
and Rev. R. D. Barnard. Mr. Prye's funeral 
text was Psalm 116:15. 



ANNOUNCEMENTS 



YOTJR BENEVOLENCE OFFERING 

Send yoiu- BenevoleiH-e Offering to Mr. J. 
J. Wolfe, Care Peabody School Furniture 
Company, North Manchester, Indiana.. Mr. 
Wolfe is the secretary- of the Board of Benev; 
olences. You have been in the habit of send- 
ing money to Mr. Horuiau Koscoe, our for- 



mer secretary, for several years. Don't fol- 
low habit and make a mistake. 

H. F. E. O'NEILL, President, 
National Board of Benevolences. 



MONEY FOR FOtREIGN MISSIONS 

All money received for Foreign Missions 
after March 1st, 1925, will be credited as 
part of the Easter Offering. Churches there- 
tore may take their Easter Offering, if they 
see fit, any time during the month of March. 
We are giving this notice inasmuch as some 
churches in the brotherhood -will not have 
regular services on Easter Sunday and may 
prefer to take their offerings before that 
time. L. S. BAUMAN, Treasurer. 



TRACT PROMOTION 
CORNER 



Propagate the Gospel 
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The Printed Preacher 

'The "Printed Preacher" has no li.-ved place 
of preaching, for the world is his parish; and 
while he is powerless in himself, he is ready 
to be sent wherever there is an opening for 
his message, and he will deliver it on the 
spot. It is all the same to him whether it is 
in the poorest slum or stately mansion, by 
the bedside or the seaside, in town or in the 
country, by camp-fire or in barracks, in store 
or in stable, by road or by rail. If only 
there is even one to listen — no matter where 
— he is always ready. 

Some "Platform Preachers" have a very 
decided preference for rich and fashionable 
audiences, whilst some are only "at home" 
with intellectual hearers, who can appreciate 
a brilliant discourse, logical and entertain- 
ing. Others, again, prefer speaking to the 
poor and less learned, being more approach- 
able, less critical; while there are those who 
have no such choice, so long as their con- 
gregation is a large one. 

Our "Printed Preacher" has no particular 
preference. He is bound to no special so- 
ciety; makes choice of no particular class, 
creed or shade of opinion., and as to the 
question of numbers, few or many, it does 
not affect him. 

Then some "Platform Preachers" are tim- 
id, especially in speaking to individuals — Not 
so with our "Printed Preacher" — his unas- 
suming fearlessness impresses you as being a 
most desirable quality in any -witness for 
God. For example, he would be as ready to 
look a member of the royal family in the 
face and tell him of another crowned Head, 
as to tell the poorest beggar in the gutter of 
One who is "rich unto all that call upon 
him." He certainly would as fearlessly tell 
a popular modern theologian of the serious 
consequences of preaching "any other gos- 
pel" than the one brought from heaven by 
the Holy Spirit, as tell a contrite sinner of 
the cleansing blood of .Testis Christ the 8on 
of God; or tell him that "there is joy in the 
presence of the angels of God over one sinner 
that rcponteth. " 



Then, again, some "Platform Preachers" 
occasionaUy consider themselves "off duty!" 
'Our "Printed Preacher" — never. Indeed, 
more, he knows no "time limit" — "in sea- 
son, out of season" he is "always ready" — 
midday, midnight, matters not; it is never 
too early, nor too late, for his services. "Al- 
waj's abounding in the work of the Lord ' ', 
might well be said of him. "Patient contin- 
uance" characterizes his work. Unfailing 
readiness, untiring constancy, may justly be 
claimed for him. He will patiently repeat the 
same address the same day, as often as any 
one can possibly find time to listen. 

Some "Platform Preachers" feel greatly 
annoyed when the patience of one of their 
hearers gets exhausted by the length of a 
discourse and leaves before it is half fin- 
ished. Our "Printed Preacher" takes no 
offense at such slight. If only a few words 
are listened to, and even it these be opposed 
by bitter expression of unmerited anger, he 
will never answer back! 

Should it strike you further that his mes- 
sage might be a comfort, or a timely warn- 
ing, to some friend or loved one over the 
seas, thousands of miles away, you -will find 
this preacher instantly ready to be sent, no 
matter where! Nor will the expense of send- 
ing him be any impediment, for one of the 
smallest copper coins of the realm will be 
sufficient to cover the cost of his journey, 
even if it be to the other side of the globe; , 
and on such errands he waits not to be ac- ' 
credited by any human organization. He is 
as ready to be made use of by a little girl 
of nine or ten as by the greatest potentate j 
or richest millionaire. 

No preacher on earth has today such an 
"open door" as this "Printed Preacher" — 
obtaining- an entrance, and a hearing, where 
none other can. — The Gospel Message. 

R. P. PORTE, 
Director of Tract Publicity. 



BRETHREN TRACTS 

The Plea of the Fathers — ^Does It Need Re- 
vision? (16 pp.) by G. W. Kench, per 
dozen, 25 cents. 

Baptism, (8 pp.) by GilUn, i)ei 100, 50 cents. 

Our Lord's Last Supper — A Ne-w Testament 
Ordinance, (16 pp.) by J. L. Kinunel, per 
dozen, 25 cents. 
Feet Washing A Church Ordinance, (4 pp.) 

by Gillin, per 100, 35 cents. 
The Ne-w Testament Teachiirg of the Lord's 
Supper, (6 pp.) by Bench, per 100, 46 
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Doctrinal Statements, (62 pp) by Miller, per 

dozen 75 cents, single copies 10 cents. 
Some Fundamental Christian Doctrines, by J. 
M. Tombaugh, 25 cents post paid. 
These are well written doctrinal tracts, 
concise and to the point. Every Brethren 
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Volume XLVIII 
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March 3, 
1926 




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THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 



MARCH 3, 1926 



THE BRETHREN EVANGELIST 

Official Organ of the Brethren Church 

Published weekly by the Brethren Publishing Company, Ashland, 
Ohio, at $2.00 per year in advance. 



George S. Baer, 
R. R. Teeter, 



Editor 
Business Manager 



Entered at the Post Office at Ashland, Ohio, as second class 
matter. Acceptance for mailing at special rate of postage provided 
for in section 1103, Act of October 3, 1917, authorized September 
9, 1918. 



IN THIS NUMBER 

The Evangelism We Neglect — Editor, 2 

The Proposed Prohibition Investigation — Editor, 3 

Editorial Review, 3 

The Great Refusal — B. T. Burnworth, ., 4 

Mary, the Ideal Homcmaker — Dr. Mary A. Laughlin 5 

Walks and Talks in Holy Places — Herbert H. Tay, li 

The Called Out— O. C. Starn, " 7 

Joy Through Obedience — Carl E. Helser, 9 

Editor's Notes on the Sunday (School Lesson, 10 

Working with Our Brethren S. S. — M. A. Stuckey, 10 

A Trip Around the World, 11 

Lloj-d G-eorge and Ramsay MacDonald to be at C. E. Convention, 11 

Interesting Events in the African Mission — Florence Gribble, 12 

A Picnic for Missionaries — Office Secretary 13 

News from the Field, 13-16 

Announcements, 16 



EDITORIAL 



The Evangelism We Neglect 

That the Curistian gospel is csseutially ; gospel of evangelism i> 
well understood, and wherever that cause is embraced the spirit of 
evangelism is quite generally manifest. But the evangelism we are 
most acquainted with is that which has to do with the rescue of 
wasted and ill-spent lives. We are not disposed to say Ifint this type 
of evangelism is too much emphasized; it would be difficult to find 
an individual or a church too much alive in the responsibilit.y that 
rests upon every divinely-renewed soul for the eternal welfare of 
those who are living in sin. Bather, most churches would find more 
favor with God if they W'ere more concerned about lost men and 
women. There is far too much indifference at this point; too many 
who are living at ease in Zion ; too many who have sipped just enough 
of the cup of salvation to ease the burden of the Master's compas- 
sion for souls. We would all do well to have more of this evangelistic 
fervor, to be more zealous for the turning of men and women from 
the darkness of sin into the marvelous light of the Gospel. 

But that is not the whole of the evangelistic obligation, and we 
may rightfully doubt if it is the most important phase of it. There 
is a neglected part to which the church must give more intelligent and 
earnest attention if it is to look well to its own future and if it is 
to make serious claim to having faithfuUy obeyed the commission of 
its Muster. The evangelism we have neglected is that of saving the 
children and youth for Christ and the church before they enter into 
the ways of sin, dissipate their lives, waste their energies and blight 
their future. And it is strange that it should have been so neglected, 
for we are now discovering that here our evangelistic efforts are most 
worth while and fruitful. C. Howard Taylor said with regard to 
"Evangelism with Young People" (and his words apply with equal 
force all the way down the teen age and into childhood) that it is 
most important because "In them life is in the making. Their re- 
sources of energy have not been drained. Their substance has not 
been wasted in either riotous or useless living. They have everything 
to give to the cause that wins their loyal and eager allegiance. Their 
sensibilities are keen. These have not been dulled by long years of 
unheeded impacts. The avenues of approach to their centers of re- 
sponse are wide open. Their habits of life are not yet so fixed as to 
be hard to change. Their thoughts are easily turned in new direc- 
tions, giving an entirely new bent to their purposes and endeavors." 
Indeed nowhere is our labor with human souls fraught with such 
immeasurably great and far-reaching results as with children and 
youth. 



It must be said in fairness thalt some of our number have had 
:i vision of the importance and worth of this ministry — the evangelism 
of childhood and youth — but on the whole our interest in these has 
been secondarj'. The rescue type of evangelism, the saving of adults, 
has been our first interest. Sometimes our eyes have been so cen- 
tered on adults that we have failed to see the boys and girls. And 
all too often we have been actuated by motives that were selfish — 
sometimes to a degree scarcely justifiable. We have wanted so much 
the folks who could be converted immediately into church assets, tha 
the importance of childiood has been obscured in our impatien 
await its growth. We have wanted supremely and almost exclu: 
tlie adult because of what he could add to the services, to the i.. 
ence and standing of the church, to its working force and tr 
financial strength. Such elements must necessarily enter into ih 
building of strong churches, but that church that allows these thing, 
to blind its eyes to the more far-reaching values of youth will some 
day find its near-sightedness has cut short its life. 

Not always has the element of selfishness entered largely into our 
neglect of the children, sometimes it has been due simply to our fail- 
ure to realize the importance both, to the child and to the church, of 
an early religious experience and training. We have not taken into 
account the future possibilities of the child and the youth and so 
have neglected them. Then others of us have purposely given them 
little attention because of a depreciation of their presence in the 
church services. We have looked upon children, often as old as the 
early teen age, as an annoyance to the older folks and as detracting 
from the dignity and solemnitj' of the worship. And practically ex- 
cluding them from the worship program of the church, where they 
ought to be forming the habit of attendance and learning the art of 
worship, we have not provided them even with a children 's church 
service. Still others of us not afflicted with such prejudices, and the 
larger number of our group by far, we are glad to believe, have had a 
receptive attitude toward the children and youth and have willingly 
received them into church membership, but that is about as far as 
we have generally taken them and as much as we have done for 
them. We have neglected them thereafter, as if that was all there 
was to the real task of evangelism. And there we find the lead to 
many a disappointed church over the results of an evangelistic cam- 
paign. 

The evangel must be taught as well as proclaimed. It must be 
understood by the head as well as experienced by the lieart. Evan- 
gelism must be educational as well as emotional, especially is this 
true with those of tender years whoso ideas are so immature and 
emotions so easily swayed. We should endeavor not merely to bring 
them to the point of decision, but also to implant in their minds a 
reason for the faith that is in them. They must be led not only to 
accept the Word but to know it and encouraged in the use of it. And 
just here is our weakest point. We have neglected so universally the 
educational phase of our evangelism of youth (and for all ages, for 
that matter) that in almost every church we are reaping the dis- 
appointing results. How generally is the experience of pastors, on 
going into a new field, to be required to revise the church roll down- 
ward, sometimes most drastically! How widely are 'we complaining 
that our denomination is not grow-ing in numbers as it ought! How 
many years have our statistical reports pointed to about the same 
number, when indeed were willing to make reports! Why is it? 

Is our plea losing its force for this day? Very few, if any, of 
us are willing to admit it. There may be many contributing causes, 
but it is very likely that wo shall find the deep underlying cause to 
be that we have not done our duty to our converts, especially to the 
children and youth. We have not prepared them for church member- 
ship. We have not given them anything more than an emotional ex 
perience to hold to in this day of multiplicity of appeals. Indeed it 
is not surprising that w^e have suffered and are continuing to suffer 
such a loss. It is truly a serious situation when pastors tell us they 
must reduce a church's formerly accredited membership by a half or 
two-thirds, and then declare they are through with "high pressure 
campaigns", but it is not to bo wondered at, the way we have re- 
ceived members into our churches with practically no instruction, and 
then have sent them on their spiritual journey still uninstructed. Wo 
keep most commendably busy reviving lukewarm members and back- 
sliders and making new ones, but with our very best efforts wo some- 
times feel that we do little more than hold our own. The fact may 
be a little more encouraging than that, but it is certainly true that 
we are not gaining as we ought. And it is becoming more and more 
apparent that this is one of our chief weaknesses. When we come to 



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give more attention to the prevention of our loss, there will not be so 
many lost to be saved, and we shall make greater strides as a denom- 
ination. 



The Proposed Prohibition Investigation 

There is much ado just now about a proposed government in- 
vestigation of the general effect of the prohibition amendment, as 
' recommended by Assistant Secretary of the Treasury Andrews. Wuch 
■ investigation might conceivably have a beneficial effect on pro- 
■'ition enforcement, and then again it might not. Mr. Andrews' 
intention is that the public mind is too much confused and dis- 
•eted to secure effective enforcement. He deplores the "increas- 
■I'lng' number Of wild statements" and believes a fact finding commis- 
'<■■ Bion would put an end to such, and quiet the public mind, thus aiding 
enforcement. In the light of the effect of former investigations, it 
is difficult to see how such an investigation could effectively put an 
end to "wild statements." The report of the fact finding commission 
of the Federal Council of Churches made public last year was Seized 
upon with equal eagerness by wets and drys alike and made the basis 
of still further "wild statements." Confusion was added to confu- 
sion and little good was the result, it must frankly be said. Besides 
it is doubtful if any such investigation would turn up any new facts. 
It might however result in putting the drys more generally on their 
metal, and of arousing the church forces in particular out of their 
lethargy and dolessness, causing them to realize that the liquor evil 
is not destroyed, but that only the weapon for effective fighting has 
been placed in their hands in the foi-m of a prohibition amendment 
and enforcement legislation. 

In view of the expressed desire to know the facts as to the effect 
of prohibition, the following statement by Andrew J. Volstead, for- 
mer congressman and father of the prohibition enforcement act, ought 
to be of interest, especially as it is only a fragment of much depend- 
able data already in the public's hands. Mr. V.olstead said on March 
first, that "the general moral tone of the United States is much bet- 
ter now than it was before prohibition. Despite a great increase in 
population, there were only 357,-193 persons in prisons in 1923, as 
against 479,787 in 1910. The numjjer of jails for each 100,000 popu- 
lation in 1923 was 99.7, compared with 121.2 in 1919. If a crime 
wave exists it cannot be laid to the eighteenth amendment." Attack- 
ing arguments that drunienness is prevalent despite liquor laws, the 
speaker cited statistics that 170,941 arrests were made for this offense 
in 1910 and only 91,367 in 1925.. 

Frankly, most of "the wild statements" are made by those who 
wish to champion an outlawed and vicious cause, and most of the con- 
fusion and disquietude of mind are experienced by those who feel the 
pressure of the law for its violation or by those who have a thirst 
they find it difficult to quench. Also tmuch of the daily newspaper 
talk of excessive drinking and corruption of prohibition enforcement 
agents is wet propaganda pure and simple, designed to bring the pro- 
hibition regime into disrepute. But the dry forces cannot afford to 
sit back in their easy chairs, with too great depreciation of the effect 
of the constant pouring of such propaganda into the public mind. 
!They must meet it with the facts, which are easily obtained, and keep 
earnestly and persistently at the task of creating and maintaining 
a wholesome public conscience and of keeping alive a public senti- 
ment that will back up an honest enforcement of the law. 



EDITORIAL REVIEW 

The offerings that are beginning to come in for the Brethren 
Home, as reported by Brother Einehart in this issue, show commend- 
able interest. 

Miss Alice B. Longaker, the office secretary of the Foreign 
Board, writes of some of the beginning-experiences of Mrs. Percy 
"iett, one of our new missionaries to the Argentine. 

Brother B. T. Burnworth spent a few days in Ashland with his 
family recently before leaving for Beaver City, Nebraska, where he 
is engaged in an evangelistic campaign with Brother A. E. Whitted 
and his people. 

We are pleased to have a report from Brother Melvin Stuekcy. 
field secretary of the Sunday School Association, and whose work is 
being so highly appreciated wherever he goes. You will find his mes- 



sage on Sunday School page. We hope Brother iStuckey will let us 
hear from him more frequently, as the brotherhood wants to know of 
his good work. 

Brother W. A. Gearhart, Home Mission Secretary, makes a finan- 
cial report that is encouraging for the interest displayed. If your 
church ha^ an obligation to Home Missions, it has not met, the show- 
ing will be still better by your meeting it. 

Prof. J. A. Garber spent last week at Waterloo, Iowa, where he 
was one of the lecturers at a community training school in religious 
education, staged by the Waterloo Sunday School Association, of 
which Mrs. Frank Wisuer, superintendent of the Brethren school, is 
the president. Along with this wide-awake Sunday school leader, is 
the pastor. Brother Edwin Boardman, who is also in the habit of 
of keeping things happening wherever he is. 

Brother A. E. Thomas gives good account of himself in his 
"Radiograms of Evangelism." He has been busy proclaiming the un- 
searchable riches of Christ to dying souls, mostly in union campaigns, 
and success has attended his efforts, in one campaign twenty-five ac- 
cepted Christ, and in the other forty-five. Both meetings were held 
in Pennsylvania, and he continues to other such calls in that state. 

Brother H. M. Oberholtzer answered a call to conduct an evan- 
gelistic meeting for the little group of worshippers at Fostoria, for 
whom Brother George Walton has been preaching in connection with 
his school teaching. It proved a surprisingly succe.ssful campaign, 
considering the conditions prevailing, fifteen souls answered the in- 
vitation. Brother Oberholtzer proved a workman that needeth not to 
be ashamed. In lieu of the decision of the Ohio Mission Board and 
of the recent district conference regarding this mission, we have writ- 
ten more at length following Brother Oberholtzer 's good report in the 
news department. 

Brother E. M. Eiddle, pastor of the church at Bryan, Ohio, re- 
ports an evangelistic campaign in his church with Brother W. T. Lytle 
faithfully doing the work of an evangelist, and both pastor and evan- 
gelist giving themselves earnestly and energetically to the great and 
important side of any campaign— personal work. Eight confessions 
were received, besides one who came before the meetings began. It 
is encouraging to note the place given to doctrinal teaching, both by 
way of the pulpit and the tract during this campaign. Perhaps it 
would be well if we had more of this sort of instruction in our 
churches today. 

Dr. Florence N. Gribble writes an interesting letter, relating the 
principal events of the two months since her last letter. It is worthy 
of noting what the new Ford means to our missionaries in the way 
of convenience and increased service. Two significant events re- 
ported are the conference of missionaries at Bassai and the announce- 
ment of the approaching marriage of Miss Hattie L. Cope and Mr. 
Chauncey B. Sheldon, the news of which has already appeared in 
these columns. After this happy union, these two capable workers 
are to open up a new station, the location of which is reported already 
being made. 

Brother J. L. Gingrich, who has been faithfully shepherding the 
Masontown, Pennsylvania church during the past six years, reports 
the work in a flourishing condition. The Sunday school with an av- 
erage attendance of 211 for 1925 gives special reason for encourage- 
ment. He speaks also of the splendid victory in the recent cam- 
paign with Evangelist B. T. Burnworth in charge, when, as previous- 
ly reported, forty-seven souls made thj- good confession. Brother 
Gingrich's work has been appreciated by his parishioners, and they 
wiU greatly miss him when he leaves, as he informed us privately, to 
take charge of the Third church of Johnstown April first. He" has 
done a splendid work at Masontown, his first pastorate, and has won 
the confidence of more than the local church. 

NEW SEWAGE PLANT FOE WINONA 

From the "Winona", a small monthly news sheet published at 
Winona Lake, Indiana, by the Winona Assembly and Bible Confer- 
ence and edited by Brother Albert T. Ronk, we "learn that plans for 
the installation of Winona's new sewage disposal plant are complete 
and the actual work of construction is now ready to be<Tin. The 
specifications have been passed by the State Board of Health, and it 
is said that it will be of the latest type and as good as the best. A 
new system of sewers will be installed leading to this new plant 
which will be adequate for every need. A faulty sewage system has 
been one of the drawbacks to Winona for several years, and Breth- 
ren people will be glad to learn that this fault is being remedied. 



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GENERAL ARTICLES 



The Great Refusal 

By B. T, Burn worth 



and 

over 

Thc'v 



It was that genius Dante that was known as "The 
Voice of Ten Silent Centuries." Traveling- through his "In- 
ferno" he meets Virgil and ealls his attention to the Rich 
Young Ruler who had made the great refusal. He Avas only 
one among the exiles but lie was pointed out expressly as 
one who had betrayed his opportunity. Dante was inter- 
ested in individuals and so are we as integral parts of the 
masses, but the sociologist is concerned mth the trend of 
society which is history. LeBon in writing his book, "The 
Crowd", says significantly enough, "Bees swarm, lairds go 
in flocks, fishes in schools and men in masses, especially 
when inspired by a great leader." As we therefore study 
the individual we can miderstand why nations in a great 
crucial hour commit political and often spiritual suicide. 
They sin against their gi'catest convictions and allow the 
torch of progress to be snatched from their hand and they 
sin away their day of of grace and their 
leadership passes to another. 

Some Grea,t Refusals 

The princes of Eg-jq3t thinking to dis- 
obey God I'cfused to sprinkle theii' door 
posts as did the humble Hebrews 
when the destroj-ing angel passed 
they found their first born dead, 
made the great refusal. 

The patrician refused' to hear the cry 
of the peasantry of France and blood ran 
down their streets while the guillotine 
worked overtime, for they would not 
heed the cry of the needy. They refused. 

Pharaoh refused to allow the childi'cn 
of Israel to depart, only to suffer plagues, 
and finally in despair the permit for the 
exodus was given, only to follow and be 
swallowed up in the Red Sea. It was a 
great reftisa. 

The European nations refused to arlii- 
trate and' now the price of peace will be 
war debts to be paid by coming genera- 
tions for a causeless war, l)ut the greatest 
tragedy of it all is that countless lives 
have been snuffed out and other countless numbers 
besides the widowed and the oi-phaned, which is 
able indeed. 

The Greatest Refusal 
The Greatest refusal is when a nation or individual re- 
jects their Savior. Jerusalem lost her soul when she re- 
jected her Messiah and refused to accept his Gospel. The 
scepter of leadership was theirs. The divine deposit of mon- 
otheism was theirs. But in that fateful hour she repudiated 
it all and now they are a people without a counti'y. Their 
Messiah came and turned the negatives of Moses into the 
positives of hope and tnist and love. He taught the Golden 
Rule and the religion oF human kindness and brotherlj' love. 
But the master still wanted his slaves, tlie priests still 
wanted his office and its honor, the tat gatherer, the scribes 
and other parasites that lived off the poor still wanted to 
carry on, and the golden liour for the Hebrtws passed with 
the shout, "Not Jesi^s but Barabbas." Gone their leader- 
ship, destroyed is their once beautiful and golden Jerusalem, 
the ark. and the golden candlesticks and Avorld power and 
influence, all was lost in this great refusal. 

The Refusal of Leadership 

"When the scepter was wri'sted from the Hebrew race, it 
was handed to the Greek. Theirs was a mighty civilization. 
Their sons were as Apollo and the daughters of Helen and 




Elder B. T. Burnworth 



maimed 
irrepar- 



Fenelope were as beautiful as angels. The Greek ideal Avn^ 
a cultured mind in a strong body. But when their gre? 
citizen attempted to preach pure morals to them in the i 
ket i^lace they too refused to hear the mighty Socrates »,.i>^ 
gave to him the hemlock cup. He was their chiefest citizen 
and taught, having the prophet's fiamiug heart and the log- 
ician's mind, that communion with God must come through 
individual obedience, and no man can receive a revelation 
from him except he first make an luiconditional surrender. 
But Athens iu that fateful hour committed spiritual suicide, 
and when the enemy came in like a flood she had no man- 
hood to defend her Acropolis. 

Is the United States Making the Great Refusal? 
Histoi-y is often the voice of God. Crises in a nation's 
life may be fraught with opportunity and be pregnant with 
responsibility. The haud is still writing on the wall. It is 
a sign of some intelligence when we profit 
by our own experience ; it is wi.sdom to 
profit by the experienee of others. Siirely 
we are conversant with histoi-j-. Jerusa- 
lem, Athens, Venice, Florence, Carthage 
and Rome, all fell when they proved trait- 
ors to their highest principles and best 
selves. The outer walls of a city will 
crumble when serious thinking is super- 
ceded by fi-ivolity on the inside. -Vnd just 
as Rome fell when her manhood decayed. 
Athens fell because of her superficiality, 
and Jerusalem ; when she departed from 
her deepesf convictions so will our great 
countiy most iugloriously fail if we pre- 
sume to make the same fatal mistakes. 

There is a lack of seriousness in Amer- 
ica today. Yes, we are the richest nation 
in the world but thei-e are some things 
money can not buy and many of the most 
sordid faihxres in life are those possessing 
gi'cat wealth. Great prospei'ity has never 
pi'oduced deep piety. AVe hear more about 
the "Charleston" than a great lecture. 
We had five thousand book stores, now 
we have fifteen hundred. We read, but it is the headline of 
the newspaper and the comic supplement. 

America is producing no great artists. Our greatest 
poets, singers, orators and painters are not native sons. We 
are not creating the atmosphere in which such inspiration 
buds, blooms and blossoms. 

We ai-e not making fine distinctions. We do not dis- 
tinguish between a pipe organ and a banjo, a holy feast 
fi-om a social dance, a pleasure yacht from a battleshii), be- 
tween the eternal stars and our own little sputtering torches. 
There is a decline of tlie simple life. This of course 
must needs be. But the simple life that produced simple 
faith must not lost its grip on God when life is complex. We 
must not cut loose the anchor just when the storm is risingjj 
and we need it most. This is a time to make sure we have 
an anchor that holds. God has not passed us by. Undoubt- 
edly he has placed in our hands the leadership of this een- 
tmy. I am no pessimist. The time is here thought to make 
a call to the colors. 

Jesus accepted the cross rather than betray himself. 
Socrates accepted the poisoned ci;p rather than forsake 
the truth. 

Savanarola accepted the flames rather than keep a sin- 
ful .silence. 

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the rigors of a clime to which they were unaccustomed, that 
they might worship God according to the dictates of their 
own consciences. Will our sons anc^ daughtei-s wash the 
crimson out of our flag liy forsaking these high ideals 

Finally, will we refuse the remedy? There is just one 
and never has been more. Babson said' we need more "re- 
ligion in business and moi'e business in religion." What we 
need is to aj^iply the principles of Jesus Christ in every day 
life, everywhere. We need to imbibe the spirit of Jesus and 
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give his plan a chance. And the greatest refusal in the 
world is to neglect or deny Christ as a personal Savior. All 
who have done just that have failed until now, and you have 
failed until now, if you have thus far refused to accept him 
whom to know is to have life eternal. We must not make 
the Great Refusal as a nation. Then you dare not refuse to 
accept Christ as an individiial. 
Ashland, Ohio. 



Mary, the Ideal Home-maker 

By Dr. Mary A. Laughlin 



AVhen the Savior of mankind was about to be born into 
the world it was necessary that the little child should have 
a good home in ^vhich to grow up and develop, in which the 
conditions might be favorable for him to "increase in wis- 
dom and stature, and in favor Avith God and man." So we 
believe that Mary was chosen from among all the women of 
her time, as having the qiialitics which best fitted her for 
the high privilege of mothering the lioly One. Human 
nature has not changed much in the past two thousand 
years, and modern young people, who nve looking forAvard 
to the establishing of their own homes, will do well to con- 
sider the character of this ideal home-maker. 

Mary was spiritually-minded, else she could not have 
said, "My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath 
rejoiced in God my Savior." When she visited her cousin, 
Elisabeth, their conversation was on spiritual matters; she 
was no gossip, and scandal was far from her tongue. She 
was diligent to perform the duties of her religion; at the 
proper time she presented her babe in the temple, accord- 
ing to the law of the Lord ; and she was careful to make the 
yeai-ly journey to the feast of the Passover at Jerusalem. A 
maiden with her spirit will delight in the worship of God. 
and she will be interested and active in the work. of the 
church. 

Mary was intelligent ; she knew the history of her na- 
tion and she could quote freely from the writings of her 
people. She Avas not a chatterer; there were certain things 
that she kept in her heart, while she pondered as to what 
they might mean A modern yoimg woman with the sam«, 
spirit will get all the education she can, and she will not 
have much time to spend on fi'ivolous pastimes. 

Mary was no recluse ; she mingled freely Avith the other 
women ; she attended social functions, as the marriage feast ; 
and at A^arious times Avas among the crowds Avho listened to 
the teaching of her Son. No doubt she attended to her 
household duties, but she also found time for out.side inter- 
ests. She was hospitable ; she Avas concerned about the com- 
fort of the guests at the marriage feast. A Avoman with her 
spirit Avill tiy to make people comfortable, which desire is 
the basis of the grace of hospitality. 

Mary Avas espoused to a man of most excellent family. 
A good AA^oman can do very much toAvard the making of an 
ideal home, but she needs the help of her husband. Some 
people smile at those who are inclined to think much about 
their ancestors, but St. MattheAV and St. Luke considered it 
Avorth while to trace the ancestry of Joseph back very many 
generations, even to the beginning. Young people make a 
great mistake Avhen they choose life-mates whose family is 
not the equal of their oAvn family. There are tendencies to 
certain diseases which are transmitted from generation to 
generation in families Avhich are not considered good: and 
there are mental traits as well as physical characteristics, 
both good and bad, AA^hich persist from generation to gener- 
ation. Younff neople shoiild consider Avhether or not they 
would AA^ant their children to be like the relative of the one 
in whom they are interested. Heredity is a stubborn force : 
and it is not often entirely overcome by euAnronment and 
training: teaching and training can d'o very much to over- 
come evil tendencies, but we should not forget that it is as 



true noAV as it ever was that the iniquities of the fathers are 
visited upon the children unto the third and fourth genera- 
tion. 

The Avi-iter has traced the family of an erratic clergy- 
man Avho flourished about .1750 ; not much is known about 
him except that he attended one of the early classes at Har- 
vard and that in his later years he faced an ecclesiastical 
trial for Avitchcraft and for drunkenness and that he died in 
poverty; his descendants for the most part haA'e intermar- 
ried Avith good families, but in every generation there has 
been at least one who Avas Avild and erratic — drinking, 
braAvling, and high-tempered. 

In the middle of the eighteenth century a sturdy pio- 
neer preacher carved out for himself a home and subdiied 
the Avilderness about him ; he built a fort to protect his fam- 
ily and his neighbors from the hostile Indians; and he was 
the founder and the first bishop of a congregation Avhich is 
still active ; he had a large family Avhose education was 
above the average of that period; he Avas an outstanding 
character and a leader in everything that was good. But 
his I'cligion taught him that all men are equal in every way, 
so his children .associated freely Avith Avhatever people hap- 
pened to live near; some intermarried Avith very good fami- 
lies and some with very ordinary ones. His descendants are 
now in the sixth and seA'enth generations, and it is easy to 
see the difference between the various branches of his fam- 
ily. 

If a young man is interested in a girl and does not know 
much about her family, let him ask his mother — she knows, 
or if she does not know she knoAvs hoAv to find out. Like- 
wise, a gii-1 should be guided largely by her father's advice 
in such matters ; he is her friend and he knoAvs more about 
men than she can possibly know. And if she acts contrary 
to his advice she may regret it all the days of her life. 

HagerstoAvn, Maryland. 



WRESTLING ALONE 

The man Avho find's his Avay into the secrecy of life and 
can get into a solitude, Avhere he can have none with him 
but God, is the man Avho Avill find the utmost about himself 
and most effectually develop and bring to his own knoAv- 
ledge the powers and faculties that he has Avithin him. It 
has ahvays been so. God ncA-er trained a man for anything 
great except in solitude. He put Moses iip in the silence of 
Sinai, cloud-girt and lightning-guarded, that none from be- 
neath nor without might intrude. He put Elijah up in 
Herob, in the rocky cave of the mountain, and let him stay 
there until he should hear the "still small voice" that Avould 
stir him not even as Jezebel's Avrathful utterance could. He 
led the Son of God into the Avilderness and let him have his 
forty days of silence and fasting there, until every nerve in 
him Avas tested to its utmost and all the inner qualities of 
his nature were brought to their highest point of develop- 
ment, and not lentil then Avas he fitted for the actiA^ities of 
his incarnate life. And when he Avants a man today for any- 
thing that is great or trae, and Avants to make his best oiit 
of him, he says to him just as Christ did: "Get into your 
closet, and shiit the door, and talk Avith God." — From Ser- 
mon, "Wrestling Jacob" by Bishop Alpheus W. Wilson. 



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Walks and Talks in Holy Places 

(Article No. 5) 

The Dead Sea Expedition 

By Herbert H. Tay 



Brother Kent and I counted ourselves exceedingly for- 
tunate in having the opportunity to travel in Egypt and Pal- 
estine with Dr. Melvin Grove Kyle, the noted archaeologist. 
His principal reason for going to Palestine at that time, 
was to search for Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities of the 
plain. He graciously invited us to become members of the 
archaeological party that was to make the trip, and we 
gladly consented. It was a cosmopolitan group that com- 
posed our party, yet each was an expert in his line, and we 
considered ourselves highly honored to be in the presence 
of such scholars. Dr. Wm. F. Albright, director of the 
American School of Archaeology at Jerusalem, was the di- 
rector of the expedition. He was not only a great archeol- 
ogist , l)ut also a linguist of no mean ability. He could speak 
English, French, German, 
Hebrew, and Arabic, and 
could read Greek, Egyp- 
tian and Babylonian. He 
acted as chief interpreter 
between the various na- 
tionalities in our party. 
Professor Day, dean of 
the School of Arts and 
Sciences of the American 
College of Beirut, Syria, 
was the geologist of the 
party. He could speak 
English and Arabic. Naim 
Makhouley, represent- 
ing the government, being 
connected with the De- 
partment of Antiquities, 
could speak English and 
Arabic. Pere Aloise Mal- 
lon, a Jesuit priest, and 
an expert in ancient 
flints, spoke French and 
Arabic